Art/ Collection/ Art Object


12th–13th century
Attributed to Iran
Stonepaste; overglaze painted, so-called "mina'i" ware
3 5/8 x 8 3/8in. (9.2 x 21.3cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Gift of The Schiff Foundation, 1957
Accession Number:
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:
The complete word is:
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


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)
The Iranian Institute. "Exhibition of Persian Art," 1940, Gal. I, no. 27C.

Asia Society. "Iranian Ceramics," May 3, 1963–September 12, 1963, no. 62.

Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 30.

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Louvre Long Term Loan," April 28, 2004–April 27, 2006, no catalogue.

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600–1600," January 22, 2005–April 15, 2005, fig. 26.

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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