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Catalog number 58.32
Title Bowl with scalloped rim
Object Name Bowl
Description 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.
Medium/Material Enamel/Earthenware/Ceramic
Dimensions H-4 Dia-8.75 inches
Year Range from 1100
Year Range to 1300
Search Terms 12th century AD
13th century AD
Animal
Aquatic
Bird
Bowl
Ceramic
Fish
Iran
Islamic
Minai
Mongol rule
Near East
Seljuq sultanate
West Asia
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.
Culture Iranian/Seljuq period