Bowl, lustre-painted ware. Composite white fritware,
decorated with brownish-yellow lustre. It has
straight flaring walls, flat base and rests on a low
foot-ring. Inside at the base there is a young female
figure holding a goblet in her left hand and a bottle
in the right one; there are four horsemen on the
cavetto, separated by chequered decorated trees.
The rim carries an inscription reserved in white over
lustre ground. The exterior is decorated with series
of the conventional “chain” motif.
Iran, probably Kashan, late 12th – early 13th
Ht. 9cm; Top diam. 20cm; Base diam. 9cm.
Comparative material: a very similar female figure
appears at the base of a lustre painted bowl which is
in the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait, cf. Fehérvári,
2000, cat.no.141, p.117.
Prof. Geza Fehervari
Prof. Geoffrey King