Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted on an opaque white glaze
3.5 in. high (8.9 cm high)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1927
Not on view
This bowl combines the most distinctive features of lusterware produced in Kashan: moon-faced figures; poetry in naskhi calligraphy; and a covering of spiral marks that fill the areas between the decorative motifs. In addition, the outermost decorative band includes medallions with all twelve signs of the Zodiac. Capricorn (al-jady, "the kid"), is depicted as a small goat in profile. Like the other Zodiac signs that are represented as animals, such as Aries and Taurus, when shown with its Planetary Lord, the personification of the planet, in this case Saturn, sits astride Capricorn.
Sir George Donaldson, London; M. Eynard, Lyon; Alphonse Kann, Paris (until 1927; his sale, American Art Association,New York, January 6–8, 1927, lot 224, to MMA)
Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: The Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 18, pp. 42-43, ill. (b/w).