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2003.4.45 -

This pouring vessel has a long neck and a thin handle with a separate spout attached to the top of the handle. The vessel is green from oxidation.

Image of 2005.1.1 - Unknown

2005.1.1 - Unknown

Hand-woven camel saddle-bag, flat weave geometric pattern on front with long tassels along bottom edge.

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57.64 -

This bowl from the , Seljuq period, 1200 AD - 1300 AD, has a simple Kufic script around the inner rim and circular motif in the center. Kufic, a modified form of Syriac script, is the oldest form of Arabic calligraphic scripts. The name is derived from the city of Kufa (in modern day Iraq) and the script is formed of straight and angled lines.

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57.50 -

Set on a trumpet-shaped, octagonal foot, this lamp has an elongated body and flaring spout. The oval loop handle in the rear of the lamp is surmounted by a small bird. The keyhole-shaped opening in the top of the body, used for filling the lamp with oil, originally would have had a hinged lid, possibly with a second small bird on top (as known from other surviving examples of such lamps); part of the hinge is visible on the rim. Seljuq period, 13th century AD

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57.59 -

Metalwork in the Seljuq period, 13th century AD, was particularly important and generally fabricated from high-quality materials. Bronze or bass vessels such as this would be engraved and often inlaid with copper, silver, gold, or niello (an alloy of copper). Sometimes enamel was also used. This bowl has a graceful body contour, with a contracted rim. Its exterior surface is decorated with an intricate combination of geometric motifs and human figures, inlaid in silver.

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57.62 -

This footed bowl is luster painted beige with naskhi inscriptions on the interior and exterior rim. Naskhi was one of the earliest Arabic scripts to evolve. Naskhi displays a rhythmic line written with short horizontal stems. Since the script is relatively easy to read, it appealed to the general population of Arabs and Muslims around the world and more Qur'ans have been written in naskhi than in all other scripts together. Seljuq period, 1200 AD - 1300 AD

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57.66 -

Turquoise footed bowl with molded rosettes and ribs. Deep bowl with no interior decoration, bottom of the bowl has a dark blue glaze. Seljuq, 1200 AD - 1300 AD

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57.67 -

Shallow footed bowl with turquoise glaze, black abstract design on the interior. Seljuq, 1200- 1300 AD

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57.71 -

This one-handled jug has a melon-shaped body and beaked spout. It is decorated with geometric motifs, and animal figures that correspond nicely to the contours of the vessel. On the main panel of the body is a figure of a standing woman. Silhouette figures often stand-alone though it is usual for human and animal forms, whenever they occur, to be superimposed on a foliage background. Fish, water, woman and horse all relate to Sufi mystical metaphors. The stippled pattern on the female figure may have been intended to give the image depth. The shape of this pitcher is common in Seljuq metalwork. It is a phenomenon of many cultures, including Islamic ones, to imitate objects of more expensi

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58.32 -

This open bowl has a gently curved body profile and a scalloped rim. The interior is decorated with a blue and white trellis design, inhabited by birds, fish, and plants. The free-form nature of the figural motifs adds to the charm of the object. The overall apparent symmetry of the pattern is not strictly maintained; note the two stylized forms and the frog that interrupt the radiating row of fish. When filled with water, the animals would appear to swim in the bowl, and the animals rimming the bowl’s interior would be reflected in the surface of the water. This bowl is a lovely example of "minai" ware from Kashan, with enamel painting on a white ground. This type of polychrome pottery wa

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58.33 -

This turquoise terracotta bowl shows two birds with spread wings, separated by two quatrefoils on a plum ground. In this example decoration was applied onto the pot, painted in black slip under a turquoise glaze to create a silhouette effect. Large birds, animals, and fabulous creatures form the bulk of the imagery from this period. Iran, 800 AD - 1000 AD

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58.34 -

This turquoise blue bowl, an example of Seljuq pottery, is decorated with molded stylized inscriptions around the outside of the rim. In the mid-11th century, the Seljuqs, a nomadic tribe of Turks, conquered Persia. From the 11th to the 13th century, the Seljuqs brought a period of peace that allowed for the flourishing of the arts in general, and specifically, pottery. Figure decoration appeared on Seljuq pottery from the mid 12th century onwards. At first the decoration was carved or molded while the glaze was monochrome. Such ware can be seen in this turquoise bowl which shows molded pseudo-calligraphy. 1200-1300 AD

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58.35 - N/A

Decorated with all-over geometric designs in green, red, and blue on a white ground, this pitcher has a bulbous body, narrow neck, and curved handle. This pitcher is an example of "Kütahya ware," an important pottery center of Turkey. It borrows the form of a "Rhodian" jug, so-called after the Greek city of Rhodes, the primary site of excavation of pitchers of this type. Safavid period, 1600-1699 AD

Image of 58.37 - Firdawsi

58.37 - Firdawsi

This is a manuscript page from the Shahnameh (or Book of Kings) of Firdawsi. The paper is burnished with a hard stone or glass to prepare it for use, and the artist creates a preliminary drawing before painting. The calligraphy is written in modern Persian, which is a slightly modified Arabic alphabet. One of the distinctions of Persian painting is the use of brilliant colors created from minerals and animal or plant matter. This manuscript page can be placed in the Timurid period (1370-1507 AD) based on the vivid colors, gestures, architecture and natural background, and the Chinese influence of ovoid faces and spiky moustaches. There were different centers of production and this page may h

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58.38 -

Ovoid jar with short, wide neck and five loop handles decorated with undulating band of cable molded in relief around the shoulder, glazed in turquoise. Seljuq, 1100 AD - 1300 AD

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58.67 -

This transparent green oil lamp is mold-blown in the form of a deep bowl with three handles of suspension curving from the tubular folded rim to diagonally fluted body. The ring-shaped base is formed from a separate coil. This type of three-handled lamp is commonly found on church and synagogue sites of the early Byzantine period, 400-600 AD. Complete unbroken examples are rare.

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66.59 -

Wood panel painting in two registers representing Christ flanked by Mary and an Angel, and on the lower tier, three bishops beside an Apostle. The faces of the three bishops are gouged out. There is Greek text around the heads of the figures on the lower tier. The panel is crowned with a painted cherub head.

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67.13 -

This translucent pale green bottle has a broad cylindrical body with the base indented for stability, and long cylindrical neck widening into a funnel at the top. Three thick threads coil around the neck funnel. The vessel is freeblown green glass; there are areas of sandy crust, and a silvery multicolor iridescence.

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67.28 -

Translucent blue-green double unguentarium, a small vessel that holds oils or other cosmetic liquids, with a thick thread zig-zagged from rim to neck, and thinner threads spiraling down the body. This free blown unguentarium is in the form of two joined tubes with a rounded base.

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67.45 -

This translucent pale green, everted rim flask has a cylindrical neck, flat round body, and rounded bottom showing a pontil mark. Translucent dark blue green glass was used for two applied handles connecting shoulder to rim, and two coils, one each below the rim and one at the base of the neck. Hand blown. Silvery iridescence.