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Bowl with Prince on Horseback

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; applied decoration, polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam. 8 9/16 in. (21.7cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.53
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Mina'i production, like luster painting, was expensive and labor-intensive because of the double‑firing process involved. For added luxurious effect, potters sometimes applied gilded scrolls in relief, as on this bowl. The theme of a prince on horseback—an image of courtly life widely exploited by Seljuq ceramists—is treated here in a "monumental" style.
Inscription: On the exterior in Kufic script a word like الدو repeated many times.
On the interior the inscription is a poem in Persian in Naskhi script Persian poem:

در راه تو دل چه جان سپاری که نکرد در کشتن من با تو چه یاری که نکرد
دانستی که چه جور برد عشقم با تو انصاف تو هیچ یاد داری که نکرد
A.Ghouchani
[ L. Raffy, Inc., before 1938]; [ Dikran G. Kelekian; New York, until 1951; sold to MMA]
Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. ill. v. V, pl. 655.

Dimand, Maurice S. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., vol. 11 (1952). p. 31, ill.

Art Treasures of the Metropolitan. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1952. p. 240, ill. pl. 211 (color).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 3rd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1958. p. 371, ill. fig. 239.

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 182.

Weinhardt, Carl J., ed. "Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition of the Indianapolis Museum of Art." In Treasures from the Metropolitan. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1971. no. 91, p. 130, ill. fig. 91.



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