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Two Gilded Mina'i Ceramics

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
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Persian, in the naskh script; below the shoulder: [undeciphered]

  • Provenance

    Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1931–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; gifted to MMA)

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