The decoration of this fine Saljuk
pottery consists mostly of figure subjects, such as horsemen, seated and
standing figures of courtiers and princes, hunting scenes, and sphinxes. Three
of the outstanding bowls in the Schiff collection are decorated with the story
of BahramGur and his lute-player Azadah.
This popular theme
Firdausi. In two of our bowls two consecutive episodes of the story are repre-sented
simultaneously. BahramGur is shown transfixing with a single arrow the hind hoof and
ear of a deer, and the same scene includes the death of Azadah,
who, after making a mockery of BahramGur’s
skill, was thrown from the saddle and trampled to death.
These three bowls in
the Schiff collection are masterpieces of thirteenth-century Persian
miniaturists and are related to contemporary paintings in manu-scripts
of the Baghdad school. Through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace
Chauncey the Museum received as a gift fifteen Persian and Mesopotamian
ceramics and two Syrian enameled glass beakers, from the Henry G. Leberthon
There are three outstanding examples of twelfth-century lusterware
from Rakka with elaborate arabesque designs and decorative writing.
Another im-portant piece is a thirteenth-century albarello
with painted decoration in white and gold on a cobalt blue background.
shape, which originated in the East, was adopted later by Italian potters.
Several examples of later Persian ware of the sixteenth and seventeenth
centuries belong to the so-called Kubatcha group, with
decoration consisting of plants and figures in monochrome or polychrome. This
ware, although found in Kubatcha in the Cau-casus,
should be regarded as Persian and was probably made in the region of Tabriz.
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