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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 76

    A KASHAN LUSTRE LION

    CENTRAL IRAN, 13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A KASHAN LUSTRE LION
    CENTRAL IRAN, 13TH CENTURY
    Of naturalistic form on a flat base, the lion sitting back on his haunches with his head outstretched and features moulded and outlined in lustre, the body with lustre decoration of irregular spots and scrolls, repaired breaks, minor chip to the left ear
    3¾in. (9.6cm.) high


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    Models of lions are known on various scales, the largest probably being the turquoise glazed example published by Arthur Upham Pope (A Survey of Persian Art, London, 1938, pl.766). They are found both in turquoise glaze, and cream with lustre decoration. Sometimes they have a spout in the back while others, as here, apppears to be purely ornamental, see for example two exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Islamic Pottery 800-1400 AD, exhibition catalogue, London, 1970, no.80, p.28 and no.120, p.38).

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