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Bowl

Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Iran, Rayy
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque white glaze (mina'i).
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam. 8 1/4in. (21cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.93.1
  • Description

    Many early Islamic ceramics survive in fragmentary condition. In the past losses were sometimes disguised using shards from similar objects or replaced with new ceramic pieces. In the case of this mina’i bowl, the fine saw marks visible in the radiograph around the edge of the large central fragment as well as the fluorescence of the overlying paint under ultraviolet illumination indicate that this area and several other small losses were filled using old fragments that were cut to shape and painted. As this century-old restoration has historic value and may be preserved, digital editing software has been used to reveal how much of the original bowl is extant.

  • Provenance

    [ Hassan Khan Monif, New York, until 1913; sold to MMA]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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