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Green Glazed Incise Decorated Bowl - AMD.81
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 7.2" (18.3cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Glazed Earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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The incised wares of Eastern Ancient Iran (present day Afghanistan) have only emerged in fairly recent archeological publications. They represent a very widespread and diverse manufacture. Significant quantities have survived in very good condition, like the associated fritwares.

This stunningly colored deep green bowl displays several features characteristic of the Glazed Afghan earthenware genre. The strong shapely profile of the bowl is accentuated by the prominent undercut ridgeing on the outside wall of the bowl. The internal shape has rounded upper walls tapering steeply into the narrow deep well of the bowl. The swirling waves incised on the inside of the bowl help to intensify the dramatic effect of this ancient bowl on the modern eye.

According to the historian ‘Ala al-Din ‘Ata- Malik Juvayni d. 1283 AD the city of Bamiyan suffered great retribution in 1221-2 AD at the hands of the Mongol Emperor Chingiz Khan, because his favorite grandson Mutugen, son of Chaghatay was killed in that city. Chingiz Khan gave orders that every living creature should be killed and no prisoners be taken; and that henceforth no living creature should inhabit the place henceforth. Such a catastrophe might be good reason for the number of preserved pieces found from that area.

For a comparable items see: Earnst J. Grube, Cobalt and Lustre, The Nasser D. Khallili Collection of Islamic Art, 1994. - (AMD.81)


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