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Bowl with a Man Holding a Sword and Shield, 10th Century, Nishapur, Iran
A larger image of a Bowl with a Man Holding a Sword and Shield, 10th Century, Nishapur, Iran. Bonhams.
A Nishapur figural buffware pottery Bowl depicting a Warrior, Persia, 10th Century.
Previous: Warrior wearing a pointed helmet and a studded shirt, east Persia or Transoxiana, 10th Century, Bonhams
Sold for £4,080
Lot 63. Bonhams, London. Auction 18697: Islamic and Indian Art. 19 Jan 2011.
A Nishapur figural buffware pottery Bowl depicting a Warrior, Persia, 10th Century with sloping sides and upright rim, decorated in black, tomato-red and mustard-yellow, depicting a male figure with legs and arms astride, holding a shield and a sword,
reserved on a ground with floriated kufic inscriptions and stylised rosettes, the rim with a band of hemispherical motif, the exterior of the rim with a chevron band.
24.2 cm. diam.
Provenance: Private US Collection; formerly in the Gluck Collection.
Published: The World of Persian Pottery, The Gluck Collection, Tokyo, 1980, pl. 206; Okayama Orient Museum.
The Slip Painted Ware of Iran, Okayama, 1994, pl. 19.
The depiction of a warrior on this bowl provides a contemporary source for military dress of the period.
The warrior appears to be wearing a studded shirt and a helmet with two points.
For an example of a warrior from Eastern Persia or Transoxiana of the same period, but in the slipware technique,
see Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, 10th April 2008, lot 168.
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