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Mold Fragment with Musicians

Object Name:
Mold fragment and modern cast
Date:
late 11th–early 12th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; carved
Dimensions:
48.101.5a and b: H. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm) W. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm) D. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm) Wt. 23.9 oz. (677.7 g) 48.101.5c: H. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm) W. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm) D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Wt. 12.2 oz. (345.9 g)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
48.101.5a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999
This earthenware mold elucidates the manufacturing process of stonepaste, showing how technological advancement and artistic sophistication were incorporated in an industry that became progressively focused on extensive production. The exquisite carving displays, from the top: an inscribed band in cursive; a scene with a standing figure and musicians playing the lute and the flute; and a frieze with chasing quadrupeds. All the patterns have an intricate scrollwork as a background.
Inscription: The word السعادة الـ written in Naskhi script.

A.Ghouchani
1947, excavated at kilns in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1948, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Wilkinson, Charles K. "The Kilns of Nishapur." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 17 (May 1959). p. 239, ill. p. 239 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 57a, ch. 11, pp. 272-273, 284, ill. p. 284 (b/w).

Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, and A. C. S. Peacock. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 108i, pp. 179-187, ill. p. 184 (color).



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