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Bottle (incomplete). Lobed rim. Decorated with floral and vegetal motifs, seated human figures and prowling animals. Inscription in ring around the center of the bottle.
Fritware (stonepaste); painted in lustre.
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Diameter: 6 centimetres (FOOT)
Diameter: 13 centimetres
Height: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Fragmentary fritware pot painted in lustre with seated figures and prowling animals.
The poetic inscription round the body is followed by the date Muharram 575
AH/June 1179 AD
The date makes this the earliest dated lustreware known, It was probably produced within a few years of the start of lustre production at Kashan, Iran.
The inscription may be translated:
'Oh Heavenly sphere, why do you set affliction before me?
Oh fortune, why do you scatter salt on my wounds?
Oh Enemy of mine, how often will you strike at me?
I am stuck by my own fate and fortune.
May joy, exultation and cheerfulness be with you.
May prosperity, happiness and triumph be your companions.'
(Translation: O. Watson)
T. Pradell, J. Molera, A.D. Smith, and M.S. Tite, "Early Islamic Lustre from Egypt, Syria and Iran (10th to 13th Century AD)." Journal of Archaeological Science 35, no. 9 (2008): 2649-662.
- On display (G42/dc3)
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- Middle East
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