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Turquoise Bowl with Lute Player and Audience

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; glazed (opaque monochrome), in-glaze- and overglaze-painted, gilded
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) Wt. 12.3 oz. (348.7 g)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957
Accession Number:
57.61.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999
A large assembly with an audience of ten people, or singers, surrounding the ’ud-player is depicted on this turquoise bowl. Bowls of fruit suggest the festive nature of the event.
Inscription: -On bowl, in angular script: "lasting happiness"
-On inside rim: "good wishes"
-Around outside, in cursive script (Persian): (undeciphered; last three words are "prevailing help to the owner")

Outside in Naskhi script and Persian language:
هر دم همه ساله مي دود در تک و تاز یک چند بناخوشي ....
... جهد مرگ کوتاه کند همه حدیثان؟ دراز
Always, everyear running in attacking and fighting, sometimes with malady ….
… against death, Make short all long speech.
And contenue with Arabic language:
عز دائم و الاقبال الزاید و النصر الغالب لصاحبه
Glory for ever and good fortune and conqueror victory for the owner.

A.Ghouchani

Annemarie Schimmel read part of the inscriptions as:
العز الدائم
continuous glory, continuous fortune, happiness, wellbeing ...
A.Ghouchani

Part of the inscription read by Annemarie Schimmel as:
العز الدائم

Marking: -Sticker on underside: Leberthon
-Sticker on underside: 3026
Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1936–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; gifted to MMA)
Wilkinson, Charles K. Iranian Ceramics. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1963. no. 63, p. 132, ill. pl. 63, exterior (b/w), interior (color).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 37, ill. fig. 24 (color).

Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, and A. C. S. Peacock. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 88, pp. 157-158, ill. p. 158 (color).

Roxburgh, David J., ed. Turks: Journey of a Thousand Years, 600–1600. London, New York: Royal Academy of Arts, 2005. no. 42, p. 88, ill. fig. 42 (color).



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