Maker(s)
Patron: Abu Nasr Kirmanshah
Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, late 12th-early 13th century
Medium
Stone-paste body painted under glaze and over glaze with enamel (mina'i)
Dimensions
H x Diam: 9 x 18.9 cm (3 9/16 x 7 7/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1927.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
elephant, Iran, kufic script, portrait, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300)
Provenance

1927
Parish-Watson Company, New York 1927 [1]

From 1927
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Parish-Watson Company, New York in 1927 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Parish-Watson Company

Label

This eight-lobed bowl harmoniously combines figural, abstract, and calligraphic designs and is typical of some of the finest medieval Persian ceramics. The bowl is decorated with enamel paint, and a princely figure on a large and powerful elephant dominates the center. A band of kufic inscription offering blessings and good wishes surrounds him. The exterior inscription celebrates the qualities of a certain Abu Nasr Kirmanshah, the patron of this finely decorated bowl.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum