AUD $1,400.00

Nishapur, Large "Waterfowl" Bowl


A rather old round "Early Islamic" bowl from Eastern Iran or Central Asia, decorated with an overall cream ground and featuring a fluidly painted "waterfowl" (possibly a duck, the head is duck) with an elaborate fanned tail. Some areas of the bird are washed with pale red oxide.

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, but also transplanting artisans and their skills to other parts of his Empire.(See also the Genghis Khan Siege Coin rings and pendants we may still have.) 

There appears to be no damage. On the base or back, there is a slight encrustation, similar to salt water worm tubes. (I assume these are from long burial.)

Age: Circa 10th - 12th Centuries AD.

Size: Diameter of top, 226 mm. (Diam of base 84 mm) x Height 71 mm.

Weight:  578 grams.