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Sultanabad Glazed Bowl - AMD.133
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1200 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 3.7" (9.4cm) high x 8.2" (20.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Fritware/Composite


Location: UAE
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Description
This extraordinary bowl characterizes Sultanabad wares in every way. Its shape is exquisitely bowl like, a thicker (and often they are more angular than pre-Mongol pieces). We see here the loose spotted and speckled painting, the jumbled background of turquoise colored foliage against a cobalt blue backdrop, that give the effect of bush or thicket at the center of the piece and form the background for the central figure, in this case a prancing deer, to escape into, fleeing from a herd of noble Mongol hunters just out of sight. Around the center portrait the painter has drawn a symphony of flowing design and color executed in blue, black and the crème in relief which is the color of the fritware itself, beneath the glaze.

A charming and authentic characteristic seen repeatedly in this genre, the thick glaze has a tendency for decay as apparent toward the bottom of this bowl where the color has somewhat faded.

We note that the exterior of the piece is also ornately decorated.

- (AMD.133)

 

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