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Bowl with a Lute Player

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)
Dimensions:
Diam. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957
Accession Number:
57.61.16
  • Description

    The extraordinary chromatic effect of this bowl was achieved through the process known as mina'i, in which the different pigments were fired at different temperatures. Here, the effect is enhanced by the use of a turquoise glaze, made with copper, as a ground for the image of a musician surrounded by seated figures.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: -On bowl, in angular script: "lasting happiness"
    -On inside rim: "good wishes"
    -Around outside, in cursive script (Persian): (undeciphered; last three words are "prevailing help to the owner")

    Outside in Naskhi script and Persian language:
    هر دم همه ساله مي دود در تک و تاز یک چند بناخوشي ....
    ... جهد مرگ کوتاه کند همه حدیثان؟ دراز
    Always, everyear running in attacking and fighting, sometimes with malady ….
    … against death, Make short all long speech.
    And contenue with Arabic language:
    عز دائم و الاقبال الزاید و النصر الغالب لصاحبه
    Glory for ever and good fortune and conqueror victory for the owner.

    A.Ghouchani

    Annemarie Schimmel read part of the inscriptions as:
    العز الدائم
    continuous glory, continuous fortune, happiness, wellbeing ...
    A.Ghouchani

    Part of the inscription read by Annemarie Schimmel as:
    العز الدائم

    Marking: -Sticker on underside: Leberthon
    -Sticker on underside: 3026

  • Provenance

    Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1936–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; gifted to MMA)

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