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Lusterpainted bowl
NM 00661947
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The motif on this bowl is a significant example of the vision of life in the royal palace where people would enjoy all pleasures of life: drinking, dancing, playing music and reading poetry. A background of vegetal scrolls features a haloed man, sitting in lotus position, holding a cup in his hand, lifting it to the onlooker. The scene is framed by a kufic inscription in blue.

History of the Object
The technique of lusterware probably originated in Fatimid Egypt. The Seldjuks used it for their production of luxurious tableware and tiles. It was probably intended to imitate metal.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Glazed pottery 
Measurements
Diameter: 34.6 cm, height: 8.8 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; Kashan 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century; first half 
Function
Decorative tableware 
Acquisition
Gift to the National Museum, Stockholm from the Friends of the National Museum. It was registered 31 October 1947. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum, Stockholm, deposited it at the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities. 
Museum
Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities 
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