23 October 2007
AN AGHKAND SGRAFFITO POTTERY BOWL
NORTH IRAN, CIRCA 12TH CENTURY
Of rounded form with T-section rim on short foot, the interior incised and decorated in green, aubergine and ochre with a central panel with a gazelle against a ground of meandering vine, the cavetto with a band of alternating circles and quatrefoil shapes between minor bands of scolls on green ground, the rim with alternating green and ochre triangles, the red exterior left unglazed, repaired, areas of repainting
11 1/8in. (28.3cm.) diam.
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A similar Aghkand bowl but with central bird rather than the present deer is in the Khalili Collection (Ernst J. Grube, Cobalt and Lustre, London, 1994, no.122, p.126).
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