Bowl with Prince on Horseback

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 12th–13th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Stonepaste; applied decoration, polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)

Dimensions: H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Diam. 8 9/16 in. (21.7cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951

Accession Number: 51.53


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.