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
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.