Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)
3 1/4 x 7 3/8in. (8.3 x 18.7cm)
7 3/8in. (18.7cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Gift of The Schiff Foundation, 1957
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Like many of the other mina'i ceramics, this example is concerned with courtly themes—here, the seated royal figure, holding a wine cup, is flanked by attendants and surrounded by courtiers. The peacocks at his feet underscore this theme.
Inscription: On tambourine of one musician, in kufic, possibly: "Kund[a]," a name; inside, in kufic, and outside, in Persian cursive, good wishes to the owner.
Marking: -Sticker on exterior: PERSIAN/EXHIBITION/NEW YORK/1940/SJ 10 -Sticker on exterior: D.J. 223 -Sticker on underside: 7
[ M. Parish-Watson, New York]; Mortimer L. Schiff, New York (by 1922–d. 1931); his son, John M. Schiff, New York (1931–57; sold and gifted to MMA)
Riefstahl, Rudolf M. Parish-Watson Collection of Mohammadan Potteries. New York: E. Weyhe, 1922. no. 16, p. 105, ill. fig. 37 (color).
Dimand, Maurice S. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 12 to June 28, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of Ceramic Art of the Near East. New York, 1931. no. 60, p. 15.
Ackerman, Phyllis. "The Iranian Institute, New York." In Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. 2nd. ed. New York: The Iranian Institute, 1940. no. Gallery I, case 26F, p. 27.