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.