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Drinking Bowl used for Wine, depicting a Couple

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Unknownearly 13th century Kashan/Iranfritware with tin glaze and lustre paint H 10,9 cm; Ø 20,5 cm

This bowl has a high base with an interior portrait of a couple sitting close together. The woman is holding a glass. The illustration style is reminiscent of that used for the illumination of Persian manuscripts. The calligraphy that embellishes the rim of the bowl refers to the act of drinking wine, the intended use of the vessel. This object is a good example of ceramic ware with a metallic lustre glaze; a technique perfected in Iran and had its heyday in the late 12th century. The metallic gold-effect has been achieved through the application of silver and copper oxide, which was affixed with a second firing.