On View In:
Gallery 243
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Bowl  
Date:   Ilkhanid period  
Medium:   Earthenware with underglaze-painted decor, Sultanabad ware  
Dimensions:   4 x 7 3/8 in. (10.16 x 18.73 cm)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 243  

The decorative technique represented by this bowl exemplifies a group of wares from the Ilkhanid period (1220-1336) typically associated with the Sultanabad area in Iran. The brown floral and bird motifs are painted in thick white slip (engobe) with black outlines and bluish-green touches under a transparent glaze. The white dots are a typical Sultanabad motif, and molded kufic script encircles the outside rim.

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   Bowl, deep funnel-shaped, on high flaring foot, and with inward curving rim. Brownish earthenware. Decorations inside consist of all-over floral designs in brown and white, with white dots on brown ground (typical Sultanabad motif) with splash of bluish green in center, and at one side wave-like design in blue with four blue fish in low relief Cufic characters in blue and brown; body decorated with conventionalized elliptic designs in brown on white. The whole covered with yellow glaze. Broken and mended.  
Creation Place:   Asia, Persia (Iran), , , Sultanabad  
Accession #:   32.32.9  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts