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Two scenes of Bahram Gur and Azada

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm) D: 8 11/16 in. (22.1 cm) Diam. 8 11/16 in. (22.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Gift of The Schiff Foundation, 1957
Accession Number:
57.36.2
  • Description

    Some of the mina'i ceramics illustrate stories from the Persian epic, the Shahnama, predating its earliest surviving illustrated manuscripts by nearly a century. This bowl depicts the episode of Prince Bahram Gur hunting with Azada, his favorite concubine. Azada challenges Bahram Gur to a hunting feat, but when he succeeds, she pities the slain gazelles and reproaches him. In anger, he tramples her under his camel’s feet. The painter has conflated two different moments into one scene.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Persian; on exterior, below rim. "Good wishes to the owner".

    Outside in Arabic language and Kufic scrip:
    العز و الاقبال و الدولة ... و الدولة و السلامة و السعادة و السلامة ... و البقاء لصاحبه العز ...
    Inside in Kufic script the word الدو repeated many times.

    A.Ghouchani

  • Provenance

    Mortimer L. Schiff, New York (until d. 1931); his son, John M. Schiff(by 1940–57; sold and gifted to MMA)

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