Lobed Bowl with Crowned Heads

Location: Iran, probably Nishapur

Materials: white stonepaste ware, moulded and carved under a transparent colourless glaze

Dimensions: 10.1 x 13.1cm

Accession Number: POT 885

Other Notes:

The entire body of the bowl is lobed and moulded in high relief with crowned human heads. Their features correspond to a physical type depicted in Seljuk painting and sculpture – high cheek-bones, a flat nose, small mouth and strong chin [see MXD 12]. 


E.J. Grube et al, Cobalt and Lustre. The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume IX, London 1994, cat.173, pp.176–7.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.121, p.109.