Cuenco con decoración figurada (moderno)

Nº Inventario: CFC15
Descripción: Pasta de frita (aparentemente), pintada en colores de esmalte sobre un vidriado turquesa
Dimensiones: Height: 6.1-6.7 cm; diameter: 19.9 cm; foot ring diameter: 8.4 cm.
Observaciones: Decoración:
The exterior is decorated in four zones: under the rim, there is a band of kufesque inscription; on the walls, a row of galloping horsemen and one standing figure, all separated by motifs that look like little balloons; around the base, a band of fleur-delys and finials in red, blue and green(?); on the base, a large split-palmette motif in black. The center of the interior is painted with a standardized enthronement scene and features an enthroned figure wearing a turban and flanked by two standing attendants. The space beneath the throne is filled with a split geometric motif. The enthronement is encircled by a continuous design resembling star tiles in red and green. The interior walls are decorated with two concentric rings of 12 figural scenes of variable width, separated by columns and spandrels. These scenes seem to represent episodes from the well-known tale of Bizhan and Manizha, as recounted in the Shahnama and other Persian texts. The inner ring includes scenes 1 to 5, and the outer ring scenes 6 to 12. The scenes begin at 9 o’clock and proceed counterclockwise, as follows:
1. A enthroned figure and a seated figure holding a cup, plus a horse with crossed
banners above and a standing figure behind;
2. A man seated in a pit or building flanked by two standing figures;
3. A horse with a banner and a seated groom;
4. A naked prisoner, escorted by a dressed figure, plus a figure holding a door (possibly
a representation of stocks) lead by a figure holding an axe;
5. A camel with bird flying behind;
6. An enthroned figure and a standing figure;
7. Three figures: one figure with bow, another under a doorway, and a third gesturing;
8. Three figures: one seated in a tent, another wearing a crown and seated to the left,
and a third standing to the left;
9. Three figures: one seated next to what looks like a chest or cabinet, and two others
seated to the left;
10. Three figures: seated in front of a double-grilled window, possible representing
a castle;
11. A naked prisoner being led by a clothed escort;
12. A large doorway flanked by a standing figure who gestures to his right, and by a
seated figure wearing a headdress with 2 ribbons (?) who also gestures to his right.
The exterior decoration is comparable to that found on many medieval Persian ceramics, as is the enthronement scene depicted in the center of the interior. The decoration on the interior walls is far more unusual, but various of its scenes, especially in the inner ring, also appear on the celebrated Freer Beaker in Washington, D.C., an intact mina’i drinking vessel decorated with a sequence of twelve scenes related to the Bizhan and Manizha story and dating from the late 12th to early 13th century. The Freer Beaker was reproduced in several scholarly publications and sale catalogues between 1911 and 1939. These reproductions may have served as the model for some of the imagery on the RABASF bowl.
Estado: Both exterior and interior decoration have been totally over-painted. Preliminary inspection with a UV light (May 2012) and X-ray scanning (December 2013) was inconclusive, although it did reveal several large cracks and a repaired area on the rim.
  • Simpson 1981, 2013a and 2013b (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., F1928.2)
  • Brend and Melville 2010, cat. no. 15 (Khalili Collection, London, POT 875: This fragment of an authentic medieval mina’i bowl shares several elements of both the interior and exterior decoration of the RABASF bowl, although it has been identified as representing another narrative story, also from the Shahnama).
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