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Gilded Mina'i Ceramic

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
late 12th–early 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. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957
Accession Number:
57.61.6
Not on view
In one group of ceramics, potters combined the technique of mina'i painting with decoration in low relief, which is further highlighted by gilding, to create an even more sumptuous effect. The imagery on this bottle conveys the princely themes so characteristic of the Seljuq period: enthroned rulers, seated sphinxes, and entertainers, against raised and gilded patterns of foliate and zigzag designs. A band with a Persian inscription, also raised and gilded, divides the shoulder from the body.
Inscription: In Persian, in the naskh script; below the shoulder: [undeciphered]
Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1931–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ceramic Art of the Near East," 1931.

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. 68, p. 17, ill. pl. 68 (b/w).

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. 684A, bottle of similar shape and style of decoration.



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