Bowl with Persian verses and radial panels - ROM2006_8500_1

ROM2006_8500_1

Bowl with Persian verses and radial panels

Medium:Ceramic (stonepaste, thrown), with cobalt-blue and chromium-black paint under colourless alkali glaze
Geography: Kashan, Iran
Date: c. 1200-1225 AD
Period: Mediaeval Period
Dimensions:
9.5 x 20.9 cm
Object number: 958.124.2
On view
Gallery Location:Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
DescriptionThe white stone-paste body served as a background for painting with brilliant cobalt and chromium black underglaze. This palette eventually caught the fancy of Chinese potters, who went on to produce the famous blue-and-white porcelain. Underglaze painting developed in Syria in the 12th century and spread to Egypt and Iran. Painting in black under a transparent turquoise glaze also became a lasting tradition in the Islamic world. By the 14th century designs out in low relief with muted palette became fashionable. Close trade relations between the Mongols ruling in both China and Iran introduced Chinese motifs, such as the phoenix and the lotus, into the decorative vocabulary of the Muslim world.
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