Maker(s)
Artist: Shamsuddin al-Hasani Abu Zayd
Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, December 1210 (Jumadi II 607 A.H.)
Medium
Stone-paste painted over glaze with luster
Style
Lustre ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.7 x 35.2 x 35.2 cm (1 7/16 x 13 7/8 x 13 7/8 in)
Geography
Iran, Kashan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1941.11
On View Location
Freer Gallery 04: Engaging the Senses: Art in the Islamic World
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Plate

Keywords
Iran, Lustre ware, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Label

The composition on this plate, one of the most complex on any known Persian lusterware, has been read as a mystical allegory regarding the quest for the Divine. According to this interpretation, the sleeping youth represents the mystic who yearns to transcend the material world, symbolized by the horse. The youth's goal is to attain a vision of divine beauty (i.e., union with God), signifed here by the naked woman floating in the fishpond. It is the only known extant plate with such an unusual and spiritually inspired iconography. One of the inscriptions records that the plate was made by Shamsuddin al-Hasani Abu Zayd, an accomplished potter of the early thirteenth century.

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

Copyright with museum