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Ceramics - 12th-14th Century Persia (Images)

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These are attributed to Iran, but not a specific city

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12th-early 13th Century Iran. Ceramic house models may have been wedding gifts. This turquoise model’s open courtyard with pierced balustrade and corner roof projections suggests a vernacular building. A festive occasion is depicted, with seated personages holding cups and a couple dancing with raised arms. Stonepaste; molded, modeled, glazed in transparent turquoise. H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) W. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm) D. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) Accession no. 67.117.




12th Century. Iran. Earthenware; cut, incised, and tooled. H. 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm) Diam. 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm). Accession no. 1970.37.











12th-13th Century. Iran. Earthenware; molded and glazed. Inscription: Good wishes; Felicity, peace, generosity, power, longevity to the owner. H. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm) Diam. 18 1/2 (47 cm). Accession no. 39.189.

















12th-early 13th Century Iran or Iraq. Stonepaste; molded in sections, glazed in turquoise. H. 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm) W. 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm) D. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm) Wt. 21.7 oz. (615.3 g). Accession no. 64.59.

















12th-13th Century. Iran. Earthenware; white slip-covered, carved decoration under a monochrome glaze (Garrus ware). Garrus ware was named after a district southwest of the Caspian Sea, where examples were found. H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm). Accession no. 27.13.4.





12th to Early 13th Century. Iran. Model of a house with amorous couple. ossibly a wedding gift. Stonepaste; molded, glazed in opaque white, luster-painted. Inscription. Partially translated: Perpetual glory....victory. H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm) W. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm) D. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) Wt. 18.7 oz. (530.2 g). Accessio no. 20.120.66.








12th to 13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; underglaze painted. H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm) W. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) D. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) Wt. 12.8 oz. (362.915 g). Accession no. 65.194.3.















Late 12th Century Iran - Potters emigrating from Egypt & Syria introduced luster painted ceramics to Iran. Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque monochrome glaze. H. 3 1/4 in (8.3 cm) Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm). Accession No. 16.87








12th-13th Century. Iran. Earthenware; white slip-covered, carved decoration under a monochrome glaze (Garrus ware). H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) Diam. 10 in. (25.4 cm). Accession Number: 27.13.3







1282-1283. Iran. Stonepaste; monochrome glazed, modeled. Birds and leaping quadrupeds in leafy foliage. Mongol style vessel. Possibly a wine jar. With verses from Persian poetry. inscription on the shoulder in Persian in naskhi script: "The heavens and earth are in turmoil; how lucky are those who drink and forget". A.H. 681 (A.D. 1282–83). The air resoundeth and earth travaileth, And blest is he whose heart drink gladeneth.








12th-13th Century Iran. Ceramic figurines are among the most common extant form of Islamic sculpture produced in Muslim ateliers from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. tonepaste; monochrome glazed. H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm) W. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) D. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm). Accession no. 54.152.2.





Early 13th Century Iran. Mina'i ware, Fritware, stain-and overglaze-painted, and gilded. Diameter: 9 in. (23 cm) Accession no. 1975.1.1644.









12th to 13th Centuries. Iran. Stonepaste; glazed. H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm). Accession no. 27.13.5.














Late 12th to 13th Century. Iran. Earthenware; white slip covered, glazed. H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm) Diam. 9 in. (22.9 cm). Accession no. 27.13.6.












12th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; molded and monochrome glazed. Inscription in Arabic in thuluth script, untranslated. H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm) W. 10 in. (25.4 cm). Accession no. 64.110.












12th-13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze. H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) Max. Diam. 16 5/8 in. (42.2 cm). Accession no. 32.52.3.













12th-13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i). H. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm) Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Accession no. 57.36.13.











12th-13th Century Iran. Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze, molded and applied decoration. H. 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm) L. 22 in. (55.9 cm) Accession no. 57.51.1.














First Half of 13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; overglaze painted (so-called mina'i). Inscription in Arabic Kufic script: most probably the end of a blessing formula for the Prophet Muhammad and the imams. H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm) W. 14 in. (35.6 cm). Accession no. 11.74.1.










Second half of the 12th Century. Rayy, Iran. Stonepaste; incised decoration through black slip ground under turquoise glaze ("silhouette ware"). H. 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diam. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm). Accession no. 67.104.








First Half of 13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; overglaze painted (so-called mina'i). Inscription in Arabic Kufic script: most probably the end of a blessing formula for the Prophet Muhammad and the imams. H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm) W. 14 in. (35.6 cm). Accession no. 11.74.1.


















Late 12th to Early 13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; glazed (opaque monochrome), in-glaze- and overglaze-painted, gilded. Interior Inscription in Kufic: Benediction. Persian; untranslated - ending with "prevailing help to the owner". Interior Inscription in naskhi; Every moment, all year he runs / Even in ill health // Against death / that cuts all stories long and short. Interior Inscription in Arabic; Everlasting glory, good fortune, and conquering victory to the owner. H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) Wt. 12.3 oz. (348.7 g).

Accession no. 57.61.16.



12th-13th Century, Iran. The Sasanian hero Bahram Gur, one of the most colorful figures in Persian epic literature, is depicted on this bowl riding a camel with one of his slaves, Azadeh, here shown playing the harp. To put his hunting prowess to the test, Azadeh asked Bahram Gur to pierce the leg and the ear of the gazelle with his arrow in one hit. The Sasanian hero Bahram Gur, one of the most colorful figures in Persian epic literature, is depicted on this bowl riding a camel with one of his slaves, Azadeh, here shown playing the harp. To put his hunting prowess to the test, Azadeh asked Bahram Gur to pierce the leg and the ear of the gazelle with his arrow in one hit. H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm) Diam. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm). Accession no. 57.36.14



Early 13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; carved and partially glazed. H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm) W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm). Accession no. 32.41.1.












Second half 12th to Early 13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i). Three bands of Kufic inscription expressing good wishes for the owner. H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm) Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm). Accession no. 17.120.23.













1210. Iran. Stonepaste; glazed in opaque white, luster-painted, part of the inscription scratched in luster. Inscriptions in 3 bands of Persian cursive: In the realm of love, sorrow is not less than joy He who has never felt sorrow cannot ever be happy I have seen that the desert of affliction/temptation, however long it may be.. is hardly a step toward love. May your power and glory be perpetual May your good fortune surpass all limits So that everything in this bowl brings you enjoyment O minister of the world—may it prolong your life. May glory, prosperity, greatness and joy never be remote/far from [the owner]. May your power and glory be perpetual May your good fortune surpass all limits So that everything in this bowl brings you enjoyment O minister of the world—may it prolong your life). May the Creator protect [the owner] wherever he may be. H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm) Diam. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm) Wt. 15.3 oz. (433.8 g). Accession no. 61.40.



ate 12th-13th Century, Iran. Stonepaste; glazed in opaque white, luster-painted. Inscriptions on the outside: Oh friend, be wise — do not seek the qualities of fennel in cumin // Do not expect civility from base people / it is like putting oil in a pit of [. . .] Inscription on the inside: Happiness. If the world is diminished (in any way) the malicious and the base must be disgraced // Lips are as red as jewels (rubies) that will cry if they encounter a stone. . Musicians in a garden inside. H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm) Wt. 16.5 oz. (467.8 g). Accession no. 56.185.13.



Late 12th to Early 13th CenturyAfghanistan, Ghazni. Earthenware; molded and glazed. monochrome glazed, molded relief tiles excavated from a palace at Ghazni, in modern Afghanistan. The decoration on this group consists of animals in heraldic poses (as seen here), as well as vegetal scrolls and calligraphy, often surrounded by beaded borders. The excavation stratigraphy dates them to the early thirteenth century, the period of the city’s Ghurid rule. H. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm) W. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm). Accession no. 1975.193.2.



12th-13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i). H. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm) Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Accession no. 57.36.13.






12th-13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; applied decoration, polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i). Exterior inscription in Kufic - untranslated. Interior inscription in naskhi - untranslated.H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam. 8 9/16 in. (21.7cm). Accession no. 51.53.






13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; luster-painted with touches of cobalt on opaque white glaze under transparent glaze. H. 8 in. (20.3 cm) W. 8 in. (20.3 cm) Wt. (whole group) 51 lb. (23.1 kg). Accession no. 41.165.27.









Early 13th century. Iran. Mina'i ware. Fritware, stain - and overglaze painted, and gilded. A blue band with Kufic inscription, in Arabic, outlined in black and reserved in white, surrounds the central composition, and repeats the word الحق (the Truth). On the exterior, the decoration is restricted to a naskhi inscription that perhaps repeats the word العز (the Glory). The bowl is heavily restored. There is, however, nothing to indicate that the composition itself has been altered.



12th-13th Century Iran. Stonepaste; molded and glazed. H. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm) Diam. 7 3/16 (18.3 cm). Accession no. 1970.25.












Late 12th to Early 13th Century. Central or Northern Iran. Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i). Inscription in naskhi script: The king of mainland and sea … world and religion King of Islam and the Muslims Abū …. mʻrak ally of the prince of faithful.. Inscription in kufic script: And blessing and merciful and good fortune … and winner victory … and happiness … and grace … and power and happiness … and grace … and power. H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) Diam. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm) Wt. 14 oz. (396.9 g). Accession no. 57.36.4.



Early 13th Century. Iran. Minai'i ware. Fritware, stain - and overglaze -painted. Diameter: 21 cm. Accession no. 1975.1.1645.









13th Century. Iran. Stonepaste; incised decoration through a black slip ground under a turquoise glaze (silhouette ware). H. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Diam. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm). Accession no. 45.153.2.












Early 13th Century. Iran. Mina'i ware. Composite body, stain- and overglaze-painted, and gilded. Diameter: 11 3/4 in. (30 cm.). Accession no. 1975.1.1640.









Early 13th Century. Iran. Mina'i ware. Composite body, stain- and overglaze-painted, and gilded. Diameter: 11 3/4 in. (30 cm.). Accession no. 1975.1.1640.









12th-13th Century Iran. Stonepaste; glazed in opaque white, overglaze-painted. The enthroned ruler is a favorite theme in late Seljuq and post-Seljuq art. H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm) Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) Wt. 12.9 oz. (365.8 g). Accession no. 57.36.3.









12th-13th Century Iran. Stonepaste; glazed in opaque white, overglaze-painted. The enthroned ruler is a favorite theme in late Seljuq and post-Seljuq art. H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm) Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) Wt. 12.9 oz. (365.8 g). Accession no. 57.36.3.



1210. Iran. Stonepaste; glazed in opaque white, luster-painted, part of the inscription scratched in luster. Inscriptions in 3 bands of Persian cursive: In the realm of love, sorrow is not less than joy He who has never felt sorrow cannot ever be happy I have seen that the desert of affliction/temptation, however long it may be.. is hardly a step toward love. May your power and glory be perpetual May your good fortune surpass all limits So that everything in this bowl brings you enjoyment O minister of the world—may it prolong your life. May glory, prosperity, greatness and joy never be remote/far from [the owner]. May your power and glory be perpetual May your good fortune surpass all limits So that everything in this bowl brings you enjoyment O minister of the world—may it prolong your life). May the Creator protect [the owner] wherever he may be. H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm) Diam. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm) Wt. 15.3 oz. (433.8 g). Accession no. 61.40.



Late 12th - Early 13th Century. Minai'i ware. Fritware, stain-and overglaze-painted, and gilded. Enthronement scene. Kufic inscriptional band in Arabic, the Dominion. Diameter: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.). Accession no. 1975.1.1639.







1210. Iran. Stonepaste; glazed in opaque white, luster-painted, part of the inscription scratched in luster. Inscriptions in 3 bands of Persian cursive: In the realm of love, sorrow is not less than joy He who has never felt sorrow cannot ever be happy I have seen that the desert of affliction/temptation, however long it may be.. is hardly a step toward love. May your power and glory be perpetual May your good fortune surpass all limits So that everything in this bowl brings you enjoyment O minister of the world—may it prolong your life. May glory, prosperity, greatness and joy never be remote/far from [the owner]. May your power and glory be perpetual May your good fortune surpass all limits So that everything in this bowl brings you enjoyment O minister of the world—may it prolong your life). May the Creator protect [the owner] wherever he may be. H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm) Diam. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm) Wt. 15.3 oz. (433.8 g). Accession no. 61.40.



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These are attributed to Iran, but not a specific city

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11th-12th Century. Iran. Made of incised and white slipware and cream glazed pottery (red-buff). Diameter: 16.80 centimetres. Gabri ware. Accession No. 1925,0527.1






1300-1350. Iran. Bowl. Made of black, blue underglaze pottery. Four flying bird, alternating with floral ornament. Ihlkhanid dynsaty. Sultanabad ware. Diameter: 21 centimetres. Accession No. 1928,0721.17.






1150-1200. Iran. Seljuk dynasty. Fritware. Excavated in the province of Qum. Dish decorated with palmettes, hare and foliate motifs; made of black slipware and glazed pottery (white). Diameter: 8 inches. Accession No. 1956,0728.4.














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