circa 1200 AD
stonepaste, with carved decoration under a slightly opacified white glaze, stained cobalt blue, manganese, yellow and green (laqabi ware)
6 x 29.7cm
The dish, which is exceptionally well preserved, is decorated in the so-called laqabi technique with a brilliantly coloured, stylized peacock in the centre, and three bands of pseudo-inscription on the rim. The shape of the dish, with its flat rim, carinated profile and low foot, is typical of laqabi and lustre-painted ‘Tell Minis’ wares.
Laqabi wares are characterised by their deeply carved decoration, which is partly a device for preventing coloured glazes from running in the firing, and by their bold designs, which often include animals or birds in heraldic poses.
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.284, pp.248, 250. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.134, p.116.