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Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    late 12th century to early 13th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with decoration carved through a thick black slip, covered with glaze

  • Museum number:

    C.403-1923

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 26, shelf 3

In the 12th century new techniques of decoration on ceramics were introduced. Kashan became one of the main centres for high quality ceramics.

This bowl belongs to the so-called 'silhouette ware'. The decoration has been carved through a thick black slip to show the relief on a lighter ground. The final turquoise glazing gives the bowl its black and turquoise colour scheme.

Physical description

Bowl of fritware, with flaring sides on low foot, with decoration carved through a thick black slip and covered with a turquoise glaze. The interior with a symmetrical radiating pattern of palmettes. The exterior is left plain and is covered with a turquoise glaze.. The foot is partly unglazed.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)

Date

late 12th century to early 13th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware with decoration carved through a thick black slip, covered with glaze

Dimensions

Height: 8.3 cm, Diameter: 19.7 cm

Descriptive line

Bowl of fritware, with decoration carved through a thick black slip under a turquoise glaze, Iran (Kashan), late 12th - early 13th century.

Production Note

This type of ware is known as 'Silhouette ware'.

Materials

Fritware; Glaze; Slip

Techniques

Carved; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Palmettes

Categories

Ceramics; Islam

Collection

Middle East Section

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