Bowl with Prince on Horseback

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 12th–13th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Stonepaste; applied decoration, polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)

Dimensions: H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Diam. 8 9/16 in. (21.7cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951

Accession Number: 51.53


Polychrome ceramics painted in a range of colors in a style similar to that found on manuscript illustrations became popular during the Seljuq period in Iran. The technique, known as mina'i ("enameled"), involved a complicated double-firing process. Horsemen were favorite subjects in these works, but the comparative monumentality of the horse and of the princely Seljuq figure, which complement each other, makes this piece unusual. With its knotted tail, decorated bridle, curb bit, saddle, tassels, and rectangular blanket fastened by a breast band, the horse has a truly royal and ceremonial presence.