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Green Glazed Incised Bowl - LK.047
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1300 AD to 1400 AD
Dimensions: 2.7" (6.9cm) high x 8.6" (21.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Fritware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Thrown, red earthenware bowl incised through white-slip beneath green glaze over whole; figure on horseback occupies entire bowl; birds, in the field; wave motif to rim. Superb condition, intact. Ilkhanid or Timurid? During 14th century Central Asia was the stage for great power transfers. Having usurped control from the Mongols The 14th century marks a moment of great change in Central Asia as Timur, a Turco-Mongol leader usurps control from the Mongols and establishes himself as sovereign in AD 1369. Within 35 years he has included greater Iran and Iraq and parts of southern Russia and the Indian subcontinent within Timurid domain. The nomadic culture of Central Asia – a region that today denotes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan & Afghanistan - fused with the settled culture of Iran and an entirely new visual language emerged, inspired by Persian culture and serving to glorify the Timurid ruler and articulate their commitment to Islam. By bringing craftsmen from different conquered lands to his capital in Samarkand, Timur ushered in one of the most brilliant periods in Islamic art. There had been a tradition for incised ware in Iran since 10th century. Scenes of figures on horseback are also depicted on Iranian ceramics of preceding centuries. Ornate trappings and horse blanket constitute an accurate historical index. Design is well laid out. Lively and spontaneous; by comparison the earlier incised wares can look mannered and laboured. Drips of glaze to rim indicate bowl was fired upside- down. Earthenware, represents the highpoint of this technique just as it was being all but replaced in the Islamic world by the new frit-bodied wares during 13th century. 12th century saw a revival in Syria of decorated earthenwares at the same time as the introduction of fritware. Tradition for incised wares in Egypt during 14th century. Mamluk? Figural decoration becomes secondary during this time. Replaced by Mamluk heraldic designs and inscriptions. Close connection with contemporary metalwork. - (LK.047)


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