Fritware bowl, with polychrome decoration and gold leaf in and over an opaque, white glaze. Minai type
Iran, Kashan; c. 1200
H: 8.5 cm; Diam: 20.5 cm
Among the group of motifs that could be termed princely leisure activities, “the seated couple” was very popular and was found in many different contexts in the Islamic Middle Ages.
Haloes around their faces and tiraz bands on their sleeves show that the two figures belong to the highest level of society. The scenes often feature a man and a woman drinking wine and making music. In this case, however, two men are seated. An unusually realistic detail in the foreground shows that the situation is a relaxed one: a tray with a wine carafe and a glass turned upside down placed between the two men.
Inv. no. 1/1966
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