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Plate with Birds and Inscriptions
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Plate with Birds and Inscriptions


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Description With a lustrous shine that resembles the glisten of precious metals, this dish would have enhanced any elegant table of 13th-century Iran. Collected by the ruling and mercantile elite, lusterware was one of the most prestigious ceramics of the medieval Islamic world. The metallic glaze and complex firing techniques required to produce the luxury ware were developed and perfected by skilled experts. In 12th to 14th-century Iran, lusterware ceramicists were based at Kashan, where this platter was made.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1218
Medium
earthenware, white slip, glazes
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.1242
Measurements
H: 3 1/8 x Diam: 13 1/16 in. (8 x 33.1 cm)
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