8 April 2008
A MINA'I POTTERY BOWL
CENTRAL IRAN, CIRCA 1200
Of rounded form on short vertical foot, the white interior painted in a number of coloured enamels with a central roundel of lozenges within a chequered panel surrounded by kneeling figures alternating with dotted motifs, the rim with a band of green and red decorative motifs within blue outlines, the exterior with a loose black inscription possibly a repetition of the word "al-'izz" (glory), repaired breaks and areas of restoration
6¾in. (17.1cm.) diam.
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