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  • Bowl with lion, Seljuq period (1040–1196), early 13th century
    Attributed to Iran, Kashan
    Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted on opaque white glaze

    H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm), Diam. of rim 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
    Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Balamuth, 1968 (68.215.10)

    Leo (al-asad, "the lion") is a symbol of power and strength. Its reigning planet is the Sun, which is shown here as a circular disk against which the whimsically spotted lion is set. The bowl was made in Kashan, in central Iran, where the technology for making luster-glazed ceramics was introduced in the early twelfth century, with the arrival of the potters from Egypt who carried the secret knowledge for creating this decorative effect.

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  • Bowl with lion, Seljuq period (1040–1196), early 13th century
    Attributed to Iran, Kashan
    Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted on opaque white glaze

    H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm), Diam. of rim 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
    Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Balamuth, 1968 (68.215.10)


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