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A Large Kashan Pottery Bowl, Nishapur ceramic bowl, 9th-10th century

A large lusterware glazed bowl of typical form with low, straight, unglazed foot and steep sides, the interior decorated with incised concentric band above an overall interlocking ovoid pattern containing four birds each with hatched neck and geometric elements; yellow-green dipped slip glazed surface on a beige ground. A large and impressive example.

Located in central Iran, about 150 miles south of Tehran, the city of Kashan evolved to become a major pottery center under the Seljuks and seems to have survived the Mongol conquest remarkably well. Kashan was active in pottery making from the beginning of the twelfth century and its best known and probably finest wares are those with complex decorative patterns painted with luster.

Dimensions:Diameter: 14 1/4 inches (36.2 cm) Height: 4 7/8 inches (12.2 cm)

Condition:Glaze and surface wear to the inner center medallion and some areas of restoration to the upper rim, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance:The Nourollah Elganian Collection of Ancient Art, assembled 1950-1970's. Nourollah Elganian (1915 - 2009), NYC., came to the U.S. from Iran on a business trip in the late 1940s. Nourollah, who was in the import and export business at the time, liked it so much that he decided to stay and moved his family here. He bought land in Manhattan in the 1950s and 1960s on Second and Third avenues.

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