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Bottle with Enthroned Prince with Horsemen
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Bottle with Enthroned Prince with Horsemen


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Description Mina’i is a modern collectors’ term for ceramics made in Iran during the late 12th to early 13th centuries. The term mina’i, translates as “enamelled” in Persian, designating the colored glass pigments used to paint detailed figural decoration on vessels or tiles, which were then fixed on the ceramic base by multiple firings. The use of a wide range of colors, including turquoise, red, green, purple, and black, also led these types of ceramics to be called by the Persian term “haft rang,” or “seven colors.” Mina’i ware scenes often depict courtly pursuits, such as feasting, fighting, or poetry and music performances. These colorful compositions created complex narrative scenes which paralleled manuscript painting. An enthroned prince is attended to by five courtiers in the central and upper registers of the bottle. Separated by a dark band with geometric patterns, a group of horsemen hunt in the lower register of the bottle. The combination of leisurely activities with more warrior-like occupations, such as hunting, was frequently used in the medieval Persian iconography of kingship. This is referred to as bazm wa razm, or feasting and fighting.
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Date Description Narrative
3/03/1980Examinationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • Islamic Insights. Katonah Gallery, Katonah. 1980.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

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Period
Late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
Medium
fritware, white underglaze, black, blue, brown, dark green, dark purple, red, and white overglaze enamel, with traces of gilding
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Accession Number
48.1260
Measurements
H: 11 15/16 × Diam: 7 13/16 in. (30.3 × 19.81 cm)
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