It is very unusual to find an intact mina'i bowl; the delicacy of the potting means that almost all have been broken at some stage in their long existence. The present example is also unusual in the scale of the figures depicted in the interior. While the design is one that is relatively frequently encountered in mina'i wares, it is almost always on a smaller scale (Arthur Upham Pope, A Survey of Persian Art, Oxford, 1938, pl.662A or Oya Pancaroglu, Perpetual Glory, Chicago, 2007, no.67, p.109, to give but two examples). The scale of figures here is similar to those drawn by Abu Said and other potters of the early 13th century, many of which depict scenes from the Shahnama (Oliver Watson, "Documentary Mina'i and Abu Zaid's Bowls", in R. Hillenbrand (ed.), The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia, pp.170-180; also Islamische Kunst, Meisterwerke aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, exhibition catalogue, Berlin, 1981, no.30, pp.9-91). In the present bowl the central figure is not identified.