Name of Object:
Bowl with horseman
Museum of Civilisations | Museum of Oriental Art “Giuseppe Tucci”
Date of Object:
Hegira 6th–7th / AD 12th–13th centuries
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Glazed ceramic (mina'i)
Height 9.2 cm, diameter 21.8 cm
Period / Dynasty:
The main decoration of the bowl consists of a large figure of a horseman, whose face clearly shows some Mongol features, on a background filled with plant shoots in relief.
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This piece belongs to a type of ceramic known as mina’i, recognisable through the use of seven colours in its decoration. In antiquity, the main centre of production for mina’i ceramics was Kashan in central northern Iran.
How Object was obtained:
How provenance was established:
Mina’i ceramics were mainly produced in Kashan (central northern Iran) and in all probability would have been made by the illuminators of the manuscripts produced at that time that were lost with the Mongol invasion of 1220. Consequently, they are an important historical document for the study of illuminations of that time.
Allan, J.W. , “‘Abûl Qâsim’s Treatise on Ceramics”, Iran XI, 1973, pp.111–20.
Citation of this web page:
Paola Torre "Bowl with horseman" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2023. https://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;it;Mus01;29;en