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Bowl

Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; overglaze painted, so-called "mina'i" ware
Dimensions:
3 5/8 x 8 3/8in. (9.2 x 21.3cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Gift of The Schiff Foundation, 1957
Accession Number:
57.36.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
Inscription: -On inside rim, angular script: al-dawla(?) (opulence)
-Interior, behind neck of camel: Bahram Gur
-Exterior: (Persian verses)

Inside part of one word is repeated many times in Kufic script:
الدو
The complete word is:
الدو[لة]
The name بهرام گور written inside the bowl is written in Naskhi script.
On the interior there is a Persian poem in Naskhi script.
On the exterior there is a Persian poem in Naskhi script as:
گیرم که ز جان [خـ]ـسته شرمت ناید [یا] زین دل در [تو] بسته شرمت ناید
برخاسته من با غم تو از سر خود تو با دگری نشسته شرمت ناید

A.Ghouchani

Marking: -Sticker on underside: PERSIAN/EXHIBITION/NEW YORK/1940/SJ 3
-Sticker on underside: I.I.L./43/.85
-Sticker on underside: 435/AH099
-Sticker on underside: 3
Mortimer L. Schiff, New York (by 1922–d. 1931); his son, John M. Schiff, New York (by 1940–57; sold and gifted to MMA)
Riefstahl, Rudolf M. Parish-Watson Collection of Mohammadan Potteries. New York: E. Weyhe, 1922. p. 41, ill. fig. 7.

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 27C, pp. 29, 32, ill. p. 32 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Iranian Ceramics. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1963. no. 62, p. 132, ill. pl. 62 (b/w).

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 30, pp. 90-91, ill. p. 91 (color).

Roxburgh, David J., ed. Turks: Journey of a Thousand Years, 600–1600. London, New York: Royal Academy of Arts, 2005. p. 77, ill. fig. 26 (color).



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