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Footed Bowl with openwork floral scroll design

Accession Number
1957/1.61

Title
Footed Bowl with openwork floral scroll design

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
late 12th century - early 13th century

Medium & Support
fritware with cobalt-tinged rim

Dimensions
4 in. x 7 3/4 in. x 7 3/4 in. ( 10.16 cm x 19.69 cm x 19.69 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
"The documentation of the relationship of pierced metal vessels and pierced ceramic ones would involve using many references not connected with the Ann Arbor bowl, but among the ceramic examples a substantial number appear to be from Kashan which suggests that the imitation of mental vessels was one of the sources of inspiration for this group of potters." -PPS

Physical Description
"This bowl on a high flaring foot probably was made in Kashan during the early years of the 13th century. Aside from a few touches of blue at the rim, the decoration consists of an undulating arabesque scroll which has been incised into the wall of the vessel just below the rim. The contours of the leaf forms were further defined by punching small holes in the vessel's walls which were subsequently filled by the transparent glaze. The connection of this group to Kashan is suggested by a bowl now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in which the interior of the vessel has blue and black underglaze painting in a style well known from other Kashan wares." -PPS

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
bowl

Collection Area
Western

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Keywords
Iranian
Islamic (culture or style)
Kashan
Seljuk
Seljuk pottery styles
arabesques
ceramic ware (visual works)
floral patterns
leaf scrolls
metalwork (visual works)

2 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )

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