Seljuq / Bowl / late 12th?early 13th centurySeljuq
late 12th?early 13th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Seljuk
Creator Dates/Places: Iran
Creator Name-CRT: Seljuq
Title: Bowl
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1167
Creation End Date: 1233
Creation Date: late 12th?early 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Composite body, overglaze-painted and gilded
Dimensions: H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm), Diam. 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm)
Description: Polychrome ceramics painted in a range of colors in a style similar to that found on manuscript illustrations became popular during the Seljuq period in Iran. The technique, known as mina'i ("enameled"), involved a complicated double-firing process. Horsemen were favorite subjects in these works, but the comparative monumentality of the horse and of the princely Seljuq figure, which complement each other, makes this piece unusual. With its knotted tail, decorated bridle, curb bit, saddle, tassels, and rectangular blanket fastened by a breast band, the horse has a truly royal and ceremonial presence.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 51.53
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.51.53
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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