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Kashan Lustre Dish - AMD.249
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1200 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 3.3" (8.4cm) high x 12.2" (31.0cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Fritware
Condition: Extra Fine

Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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This simple piece shows striking color and form very much in line with the Kashan style. These fritwares form a distinct group of pottery, unified by their fabric, shapes techniques of making and decorating and their motifs. Kashan frit tends to be of very high quality, particulary in comparison to its Bamiyan cousin. During the manufacturing process, they were occasionally stacked on tripods which left distinctive scars on the inside of the bowls.

The Chinese influence of the design source is indicated by a number of features. Fritware was invented in response to a demand for homegrown ceramics in the Chinese style and the Chinese shape of the bowl is a further indication of this influence.

For many comparable examples see Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, cataloging the Al-Sabah Collection in the Kuwait National Museum, 2004, and also the Nasser D. Khalili Collection in London. - (AMD.249)


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