Lustre, having been first used on glazed pottery
in ninth century Iraq, became very popular
between the tenth and twelfth centuries in
Fatimid Egypt, and reached new heights in Seljuk
Iran round about the thirteenth century, before
the Mongol invasions.
Kashan was the centre of the lustre ware
production of the region. It is there that Muslim
potters developed a new finer material than clay
known as “fritt”.
This bowl is a fine example of Kashan lustreware
of the 12th century. It is of rounded form and of
light brown colour.
The central motif dominates the entire
decoration of the bowl. It consists of a fine
symmetrical six-pointed star, with scroll motifs.
A perfectly detailed vegetal decoration surrounds
the central motif. A calligraphic band on the
inner rim of the vessel also decorates this piece.
This is a fine quality piece with a precise