Date: 13th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Kashan

Medium: Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted on an opaque white glaze

Dimensions: Ht. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Lip diameter: 8 1/16 in. (20.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1927

Accession Number: 27.13.9


This bowl combines the most distinctive features of lusterware produced in Kashan: moon-faced figures; poetry in naskhi calligraphy; and a covering of spiral marks that fill the areas between the decorative motifs. In addition, the outermost decorative band includes medallions with all twelve signs of the Zodiac. Capricorn (al-jady, "the kid"), is depicted as a small goat in profile. Like the other Zodiac signs that are represented as animals, such as Aries and Taurus, when shown with its Planetary Lord, the personification of the planet, in this case Saturn, sits astride Capricorn.