|Title||Bowl with scalloped rim|
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 was very popular in Seljuq Iran during the 12th and 13th centuries. It displays "haft rang" or 7-colors, typical of the style.
|Dimensions||H-4 Dia-8.75 inches|
|Year Range from||1100|
|Year Range to||1300|
12th century AD
13th century AD
|Exhibition and Publication History||
*"Queens College Art Collection," 1960, #216, illus. p. 31.
*"The Artist's Menagerie," Queens Museum, 1974, #16, illus. p. 2
*"Art of the East," Klapper Library, 1985, #26.
*"Ancient and Islamic Art, Selections from the G-TM, Queens College," City Gallery, 1987-88, #75, p. 27, M. Simon, Curator.
*"Discover! Selections from the G-TM of Queens College," Citicorp, L.I.C., 1990, no catalogue.
*"Director's Choice, Part I," G-TM, 4/17-6/1/02, #33. A. Winter, Curator.
*"The Grandeur of Islamic Art in Image and Object," GTM, February 13 - May 31, 2007. Lisa Brody, Co-Curator.
*"Interwoven Worlds: Exploring Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey," GTM at Flushing Town Hall, March 9-April 29, 2012. A. Winter, A. Bauer, Curators.