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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1180-1220 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, overglaze painted in lustre

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fragment from the base of a dish or bowl, fritware, glazed and painted in lustre, depicting the head of a woman with a headdress, against a halo, framed by a ground incised with small scrollwork.

Place of Origin

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1180-1220 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, overglaze painted in lustre

Object history note

"This series of [11] fragments was brought from Persia, as were [12 fragments, museum number 163-1869], by M. Mechin, who procured them from the ruins of ancient buildings in that country. Those with metallic lustre are from Rhei or Rhages, a ruined city of large size, at about a couple of leagues from Teheran, which was destroyed between five and six hundred years ago" (C. Drury E. Fortnum, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Maiolica, Hispano-Moresco, Persian, Damascus, and Rhodian Wares in the South Kensington Museum (London: HMSO, 1873) p.20).

"Tiles, Bowls, &c. Eleven fragments of various patterns, some lustred. Collected from ancient ruined buildings in Persia. Ancient Persian. Various dimensions. Bought 8l. 625.-'68 (1868 Art Inventory (5) Mechin, Falconer & Rayy)

Descriptive line

Fragment from a bowl, lustre-painted with a female face; Iran (Kashan), 1180-1220.






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