Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted with gilding on opaque white glaze (mina'i)
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1912
Not on view
Mina'i wares were called haft rang, or seven colors, because several colors were employed in their decoration. Not all the pigments were applied using the same technique, and gilding, as seen on this piece, was applied to enrich the object. The required steps made the production of objects like this bowl a long and risky process. This probably also explains the short life of the technique, known to have been employed only in the period from the last quarter of the 12th century to the first decades of the 13th century. The central scene shows a rider at hunt, holding a falcon on one hand and chasing a running hare. The central scene is surrounded by a band of sphinxes. Both are typical of courtly images found on mina’i and on coeval luster wares.
Inscription: Interior bears decorative calligraphy.
On the exterior the word العز in naskhi script is repeated many times.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1912; sold to MMA]
Flushing, NY. Queens Museum of Art. "Flights of fantasy," August 14, 1982–November 7, 1982.
"August 14–November 7, 1982, the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY." In Flights of Fantasy. Flushing, NY: The Queens County Art and Cultural Center, 1982. no. 9.