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Catalog:Pottery:Islamic: stock #1311575

Iran (Kashan); c. 12th-13th Century CE

This fritware bowl stands on a small foot and is embellished with black painted decoration under a transparent turquoise glaze. The primary decorative focus is on a band of script within two black borders on the inside rim of the vessel. Below this, a stylized band of foliage is present and a rosette is painted on the bottom of the interior . The exterior of the bowl is undecorated.

In excellent condition, slight chipping of glaze, please see pictures.

Diameter: 19 cm (7.48 inches); Height: 9 cm (3.54 inches)

Similar examples in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and The Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.

Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Fritware, also known as stone-paste, is a specific type of ceramic developed in the 9th Century CE, most likely as an imitation of imported Chinese porcelain. It is composed primarily of silica from quartz with small amounts of frit and clay. Frit is broken shards of glass which have been ground and then added to the clay and silica base. This addition lowers the firing temperature thus increasing the hardness and density of the finished product.
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