Iran, probably Nishapur
12th century AD
white stonepaste ware, moulded and carved under a transparent colourless glaze
10.1 x 13.1cm
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.