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Mina'i ware bowl fragment with confronting equestrian figures

Accession Number
1957/1.66

Title
Mina'i ware bowl fragment with confronting equestrian figures

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

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

Medium & Support
fritware, underglaze turquoise, overglaze enamels

Dimensions
3 3/8 in. x 5 1/16 in. x 6 1/4 in. ( 8.5 cm x 12.8 cm x 15.8 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
​The theme of this Mina'i ware bowl decoration features two confronting riders and a central tree. The central motif is enclosed by a Kufic band of inscription which repeats the word "the Truth". This repition of "the Truth" was amongst other common messages employed in late twelfth and early thirteeth century Mina'i wares. Similar, and even almost identical bowls have been preserved and researched in the field of late Islamic pottery.

Physical Description
This Mina'i ware bowl profile fragment features painting in blue, black, white, green, and red over turquoise glaze. Two confronted horesman and conventionalized inscriptions near the rim are the main decorative features.

 

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Collection Area
Western

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Arabic scripts
Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Islamic
Islamic (culture or style)
Kashan
Kufic
Minai
Seljuk
bowl
bowls (vessels)
ceramic ware (visual works)
equestrians
horsemen

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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