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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.50.64
Title
Bowl with Three Figures and Checkered Trees
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
12th-13th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Kashan
Period
Seljuk-Atabeg period
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/165404
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Fritware painted with luster (copper and silver) over white lead alkali glaze opacified with tin
Technique
Lusterware
Dimensions
8 x 20.5 cm (3 1/8 x 8 1/16 in.)
Provenance
[Mansour Gallery, London, 1972], sold; to Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (1972-2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.50.64
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
On this bowl a single figure is shown seated in the middle, with two smaller figures on the sides. The hand gestures and eye contact of the trio suggest that they are engaged in a meeting; the trees between them hint that it is taking place in a garden setting. The rendering of the trio’s physiognomy and richly patterned garments is typical of luster and minai wares from Iran, as is the checkerboard foliage of the trees. The scalloped segments above and below the figural scene are filled with thick, undulating vines, defined in reserve against a gold ground. Around the inner rim runs an angular pseudo-inscription.The exterior of the bowl is decorated with double vertical lines and loose scrolls.
The bowl has been put back together from several pieces, with only minor losses. Its pale-yellow luster surface has no sheen.

Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
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Bowl with three figures and checkered trees
Iran, Seljuk-Atabeg period, 12th–13th century
Fritware painted with luster (copper and silver) over white lead alkali glaze opacified with tin
8 × 20.5 cm (3 1/8 × 8 1/16 in.)
2002.50.64

On this bowl a single figure is shown seated in the middle, with two smaller figures on the sides. The hand gestures and eye contact of the trio suggest that they are engaged in a meeting; the trees between them hint that it is taking place in a garden setting. The rendering of the trio’s physiognomy and richly patterned garments is typical of luster and mīnāʾ ī wares from Iran, as is the checkerboard foliage of the trees. The scalloped segments above and below the figural scene are filled with thick, undulating vines, defined in reserve against a gold ground. Around the inner rim runs an angular pseudo-inscription. The exterior of the bowl is decorated with double vertical lines and loose scrolls.

The bowl has been put back together from several pieces, with only minor losses. Its pale-yellow luster surface has no sheen.

Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım

Publication History

Holly Salmon, "A Comparative Analysis of Lusterware from the Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 2003), Unpublished, pp. 1-54 passim

Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), p. 190, cat. 32, ill.

Exhibition History

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

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