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Luster Bowl with Winged Horse

Luster Bowl with Winged Horse


Luster Bowl with Winged Horse
Object Name: Bowl
Date: late 12th century
Geography: Iran
Culture: Islamic
Medium: Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque monochrome glaze
Dimensions: H. 3 1/4 in (8.3 cm) Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number: 16.87 The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Luster Bowl with Winged Horse

In the twelfth century, potters emigrating from Egypt or Syria introduced luster‑painted ceramics to Iran. Consequently, early luster production in Iran shares characteristics with lusterwares made in Fatimid Egypt. The monumental quality of this bowl’s design, the large‑scale winged horse reserved in white against a clearly distinguished luster ground, and the festooned border all demonstrate this connection.

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