Bowl with paired figures, Iran

Bowl with paired figures, Iran

Bowl with paired figures
Iran, probably Kashan
1180-1220
Glazed fritware, with enamels and gilding over the glaze
Museum no. C.85-1918
Given by Col. Stephenson Clarke, CB

After about 1150, the potters of Kashan in western Iran experimented with a wide range of decorative techniques. In one, called mina'i, coloured enamels and gilding were applied over the glaze. The wide range of colours available allowed potters to reproduce elements of contemporary book illustration.

This bowl shows conversations between five pairs of young men, both seated and on horseback. The accompanying inscriptions contain good wishes.