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Kashan 'Lajvardina' Lustre Bowl - AMD.174
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1200 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 3.9" (9.9cm) high x 8.2" (20.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Fritware

Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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Lajvardina ware is the Mongol continuation of the beautiful and regal Minai technique. It is so called because of the usual dark blue glaze which is reminiscent to the stone lapis lazuli (lajvardina, in Persian). The graceful figurative painting and delicate coloring techniques are replaced by bold colors and robust shapes and intricate designs that are generally abstract scrollwork and arabesques and geometric designs from cut gold leaf. Here a white glaze with blue radial panels forms a simple cross shape with intricate details. They replace the normal dark blue glaze, giving a lighter more delicate appearance, though the geometrical layout and textured paneling are characteristic of lajvardina wares. Ceramics such as this piece and those from the Mongol Palace at Takht-i Suleiman, provide us with true guides to the qualities of original lajvardina decoration.

For a very similar bowl see the Al- Sabah collection at the Kuwait National Museum, Cat. Q4. LNS 597 C. also shown on p. 376 of the catalogue by Watson. - (AMD.174)


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