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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
This large fluted dish, presently fragmentary and restored, is an excellent example of the so-called Kashan style of luster painting, which reveals the distinctive features of figures drawn in reserve on a luster ground while the background is filled entirely with small spirals and "commas" scratched through the luster. The forty-four visible figures are so densely clustered around the central veiled womanâ??seated in a litter supported by two assesâ??that their bodies occupy virtually the entire painted area. The dish once stood on three small feet, one of which is now missing.
Asian; Middle Eastern; Iranian
late 12thâ??early 13th century
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Composite body, glazed and luster-painted
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm), 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
Gift of Beatrice Kelekian, in memory of her husband, Charles D. Kelekian, 1983
Copyright ?? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
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