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Bowl Depicting a Princely Couple

Object Name:
12th–13th century
Made in Iran
Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) Max. Diam. 16 5/8 in. (42.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
A bearded male figure in a turban faces a woman wearing long earrings and playing the cymbals. Both figures are set against a background of arabesques and medallions. Although the heavy line that outlines the figures is characteristic of lusterware made in Rayy, Iran, the dense background on this exceptionally large bowl is unusual.
V. Everit Macy, New York (until d. 1930; his estate, 1930–32; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ceramic Art of the Near East," 1931, no. 46.

Dimand, Maurice S. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 12 to June 28, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of Ceramic Art of the Near East. New York, 1931. no. 46, p. 12, ill. pl. 46 (b/w).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 27 (June 1932). p. 161, ill. fig. 1.

Dimand, Maurice S. "A Picture Book." In Islamic Pottery of the Near East. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936. ill. fig. 7.

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 183, ill. fig. 115 (b/w).

Lane, Arthur. "Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia." In Early Islamic Pottery. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. p. 38, ill. pl. 58B (b/w).

Lukens, Marie G. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide to the Collections: Islamic Art. vol. 9. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965. p. 10, ill. fig. 16.

Watson, Oliver. Persian Lustre Ware. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1985. p. 7, ill. fig. 58 (b/w).

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