Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, 13th century
Stone-paste painted under glaze
H x W: 10.8 x 20.3 cm (4 1/4 x 8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 03: Engaging the Senses: Art in the Islamic World
Ceramic, Vessel


halo, Iran, iridescence, queen, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300)
Provenance research underway.

This bowl is clearly intended as a pair to another one in the collection (see F1967.25) depicting a seated crowned male figure with attendants. Although women played a significant role in medieval Persian pictorial imagery, they were usually shown as part of a greater ensemble and in the company of men. The female figure or "queen" on this bowl is not only the visual focus of the bowl, but she is also larger in scale than her male companion, which further underlines her importance and prestige. The two vessels are the only known extant examples of a "matching pair" from medieval Iran.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 92.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 77.
  • Mehdi Bahrami. Gurgan faïences. Cairo. pp. 54-56, fig. 11, pl. 16.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Ceramics from the World of Islam. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 53, pp. 120-121.
  • , Eva Baer, David Nicolle, Barbara Schmitz, Oliver Watson. The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia. Costa Mesa, California. cat. 3, p. 135.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of Islamic Pottery at the Freer Gallery of Art. London, March 1974. p. 223, fig. 7.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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