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POT 1556
POT 1556

Bowl

POT 1556

Nishapur, Iran

10th century AD

POT 1556
POT 1556, exterior

Bowl

POT 1556

Nishapur, Iran

10th century AD

earthenware, painted in coloured slips under a colourless glaze

11.5 x 26.5cm

The bowl is decorated in folk style with a human-headed quadruped, which evidently represents Buraq, the winged steed on which the Prophet Muhammad on his Night Journey ascended to the Seventh Heaven (mi‘raj). Above and below are figures of a bird and an animal, possibly a goat. Most of the pieces decorated in this style depict heroic or narrative themes from pre-Islamic Iran, but this example shows that religious themes were also illustrated.

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.37, pp.48–9.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.35, p.51.