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Dish depicting a Wedding Procession

Object Name:
first quarter 13th century
Attributed to Iran, Kashan
Stonepaste; molded, luster-painted on opaque white glaze
1 7/8 x 16 1/8 in. (4.7 x 41 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Beatrice Kelekian, in memory of her husband, Charles D. Kelekian, 1983
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This large fluted dish is a fine example of the Kashan style of luster pottery of the late twelfth century onward, in which figures are drawn in reserve on a luster ground. Here, forty‑four figures are clustered around the central veiled woman, probably a bride, seated in a litter.
Inscription: Location: Around rim
Translation: If the reflection of your cheek had fallen into the darkness,/Immediately (a hundred suns) would have been checkmated. /If Alexander had put a kiss on our lip, /He would have been free from the search for the Water of Life.
Notes: by Annemarie Schimmel

Marking: Around rim
Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1909–d. 1951); his son, Charles Dikran Kelekian, New York (1951–d. 1982); Charles' wife, Beatrice Kelekian, New York (1982–83; gifted to MMA)
Kelekian, Charles Dikran. The Kelekian Collection of Persian and Analogous Potteries, 1885-1910. Paris: H. Clarke, 1910. ill. pl. 27.

Lane, Arthur. "Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia." In Early Islamic Pottery. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. pp. 39-40, ill. pl. 62B.

Welch, Stuart Cary, Marilyn Jenkins, and Carolyn Kane. "Islamic Art." M.M.A. Notable Acquisitions 1983–84 vol. 41 (1983–1984). p. 8, ill. (b/w).

Reif, Rita. "A Case Study in Brilliant Restoration." The New York Times (February 12, 1984).

Ekhtiar, Maryam. "Shimmering Surfaces: Lustre Ceramics of the Islamic World." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). pp. 94-95, ill. fig. 12 (color).

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