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Bowl with abstract design, glazed in imitation of Chinese sancai ware

Accession Number
1957/1.55

Title
Bowl with abstract design, glazed in imitation of Chinese sancai ware

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
13th century

Medium & Support
amber, green, and brown glaze on fritware

Dimensions
4 in x 8 ½ in x 8 ½ in (10.16 cm x 21.59 cm x 21.59 cm);10 in (25.4 cm);5 ¼ in (13.34 cm);10 in (25.4 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
"In the Ann Arbor example the trupartite design of abstract and vegetal ornament, in which light and dark zones alternate, is reminiscent of the effect of cloisonne enamel work. In particular this pattern could be a simplified enlargement of designs found on small medallions set into the Virgin's halo on the Tsilkani icon now in the Georgian State Museum." (pg. 38)

Physical Description
"In these vessels pigments were applied within the lines of a pattern incised into the slip, and then the interior was covered with a colorless glaze and the exterior with a yellow-brown one." (pg. 38)

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
bowl

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Islamic (culture or style)
Syrian Islamic
ceramic ware (visual works)
luster glaze
thirteenth century (dates CE)

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