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Nishapur, Large "bird" Bowl

Sorry, this intriguing old bowl is no longer available.

An old round bowl from Eastern Iran or Central Asia, decorated with bands of black and sienna oxide, filled in with olive green and featuring four what may either be double headed "birds" or "fish".

These bowls were made and traded from the city of Nishapur, Khorasan Province in  Eastern Persia (Iran) around the 10th-12th Centuries AD. The characteristic slip painted designs with clear over glazes on a buff clay reached a peak in this period and it wasn't long before Genghis Khan massacred the city as punishment for the death of his son in law. His onslaught ended many cultures and styles.(See also the Genghis Khan Siege Coin rings we may still have.) 

There appears to be no damage apart from tiny chips around the rim, some of which are only indicated by the flaking of the scallopped black glazed rim. On the back three darkish stains would normally indicate a repair, however, this doesn't appear to be the case as there is no corresponding crack in the glaze. (I assume these are stains from burial as they appear to occur towards one side where it may have lain. Correspondingly the darker black lines are a bit fuzzy compared to the lighter ones and so far I can't explain it.)

Age: Circa 10th - 12th Centuries AD.

Size: Diameter of top, 267 mm. (Diam of base 122 mm) x Height 96 mm.

Weight: 804 grams.