Iranian / Bowl / late 12th-early 13th centuryIranian
late 12th-early 13th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Iranian
Title: Bowl
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1166
Creation End Date: 1233
Creation Date: late 12th-early 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramics
Materials and Techniques: Mina'i ware, composite body, opaque white glaze with gilding, overglaze painting
Dimensions: H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm), Diam. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 57.36.4
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Gift of The Schiff Foundation, 1957

The central roundel with a sun symbol is surrounded by six circular medallions with symbols representing the moon and the planets Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn. The surrounding bands contain mounted horsemen and birds, geometric ornament, a row of seated courtiers and musicians with two enthroned personages, and an Arabic inscription in kufic script. A cursive Persian inscription surrounds the exterior. Representations of the planets and the signs of the zodiac were popular in Seljuq iconography and are also seen on stone relief sculpture and inlaid metalwork and continued to be important motifs in later Islamic art.

AMICA ID: MMA_.57.36.4
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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