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This bowl was most probably made in central or northern Iran in the 11th or 12th century, at a time when potters were experimenting with stonepaste, a new ceramic technology. Early stonepaste vessels were mostly monochrome glazed, in turquoise, purple, white, blue, with the occasional splash of a different color. On this bowl, the two-color glazed coating, dark purple and turquoise, creates a striking effect enhanced by the purple droppings inside the bowl. In contrast, the incised vegetal motif repeated on the exterior appears rather sober.

The bowl came to the Museum in 1920 together with a large group of objects bequeathed from the collection of the antique dealer William Milne Grinnell.

Bowl, Stonepaste; glazed

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