Bowl with Prince on Horseback

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

Mina'i production, like luster painting, was expensive and labor-intensive because of the double‑firing process involved. For added luxurious effect, potters sometimes applied gilded scrolls in relief, as on this bowl. The theme of a prince on horseback—an image of courtly life widely exploited by Seljuq ceramists—is treated here in a "monumental" style.

Bowl with Prince on Horseback, Stonepaste; applied decoration, polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)

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