Luster Bowl with Winged Horse

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

In the twelfth century, potters emigrating from Egypt or Syria introduced luster‑painted ceramics to Iran. Consequently, early luster production in Iran shares characteristics with lusterwares made in Fatimid Egypt. The monumental quality of this bowl’s design, the large‑scale winged horse reserved in white against a clearly distinguished luster ground, and the festooned border all demonstrate this connection.

Luster Bowl with Winged Horse, Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque monochrome glaze

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