Fritware jug, with polychrome decoration and gold leaf in and over an opaque, white glaze. Minai type
Iran, Kashan; c. 1200
H: 12.4; Diam: 14 cm
Minai ware was only produced in a short period under the Seljuks and their successors in around 1200. With the Mongols’ destruction of Kashan at the end of the 1220s, ceramics manufacture stopped for a few decades.
While Kashan reemerged as a ceramics center and high-quality lustreware was produced once again, colorful minai ware had evidently gone out of fashion. Although Abu al-Qasim al-Kashani (i.e. from Kashan) was able to describe the minai technique in his treatise on ceramics from 1301, he noted that the type was no longer produced.
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