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Bamiyan 'Sgrafiatto' Dish - AMD.136
Origin: Central Asian
Circa: 1100 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 4.3" (10.9cm) high x 7.9" (20.1cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Buff Earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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This earthenware piece shows unusual striking form and characteristic color on white slip, very much in line with the Bamiyan style. The decoration incised into the bowl id of a flower that looks almost as if it is blowing in the breeze. These green sgrafiatto glazed and decorated earthenwares form a distinct group of pottery, unified by their fabric, shapes techniques of making and decorating and their motifs. During the manufacturing process this unusually shaped bowl was fired and glazed upside down on a tripod, possibly stacked with other wares, which left distinctive and distinguishing scars on the inside of the bowl.

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. - (AMD.136)


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