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Inv. no. 935
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Minai ceramics were considered valuable luxury objects and without doubt the crowning glory of the craftsmen from Kashan, one of the most important artistic centres of medieval Persia. The refined decoration of this bowl with polychrome enamels under and over the glaze and the delicacy of each detail make this bowl one of the best examples of Minai pottery.

History of the Object
The ceramic objects in Minai (enamelled) or haft-rang (seven colours) technique depict figurative scenes or geometrical compositions. The eight-lobed shape of this bowl has a Far Eastern inspiration while its pictorial decoration follows Near Eastern traditions. The miniatures from the epic literature manuscripts of that period inspired these figurative scenes. The court scene represented on the inside shows a prince seated on a throne surrounded by horsemen with polo mallets alternating with pairs of confronted falcons. Hunting and polo games were favourite pastimes of the Persian court.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Overglaze-painted composite bodyMinai ware 
Measurements
Diam. 18cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; Kashan 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
12th Century - 13th Century; late 12th - early 13th 
Function
Luxury object 
Acquisition
Bought from Kevorkian in 19th August, 1912. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 
Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 
Credit line
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 

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