Bowl Depicting King Zahhak with Snakes Protruding from His Shoulders
12th–13th century, with alterations first half 20th century; or 20th century
Northwestern Iran, Garrus District
Earthenware; slipped and carved under a transparent colorless, brown, and green glaze
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Gift of Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, 1964
Not on view
The bowl shows probably a scene of the legendary King Zahhak with two snakes pertruding from his shoulders. This is a popular scene from the Iranian Epic the Shahnama. In a champleve technique the design is carved out of a white slip.
Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (until 1964; gifted to MMA)
Sims, Eleanor, B. Marshak, and Ernst J. Grube. "Persian Painting and its Sources." In Peerless Images. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002. p. 24, ill. fig. 29 (b/w).