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Mold for conical bowls
Place of Origin: Northeastern Iran, Khurassan
Date: approx. 1100-1200
Materials: Earthenware
Dimensions: H. 4 1/2 in x Diam. 6 in, H. 11.4 cm x Diam. 15.2 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: West Asian Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B60P2142
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Although molds had been used in ceramic manufacture for a long time, it was with the development of the artificial frit body in the eastern Islamic world that mold production enjoyed a creative renaissance. In this mold the decorative details and inscriptions are carved in reverse. Soft frit clay was then pushed into the crevices of the mold's design to create the positive, finished piece, perhaps a lid.
Its decoration includes pairs of figures drinking and feasting. Teardrop shapes filled with abstract decoration and inscribed blessings separate each pair.

Significantly, this mold contains the signature of one 'Abu Nasr, written in positive on the mold. This means it would have appeared in reverse on the finished product. It has been suggested that as moulds were reused it was perhaps more important within the craft for the name of the maker to be known on the mold. His name could easily have been rubbed out when the piece came out of the mold, whereas the other, honorific inscriptions are clearly part of the design.

Inscriptions:
With Good Fortune and Blessing and Joy and Happiness and (God's) Grace
This bottle in the middle of a choice basin
Brings for us the purest water
[Drink] your fill for life from the water of this bottle
Because you will find it pleasant and sweet.
Fountain of healing [and] a gift (?) of water-colored Moon to its owner


More Information

Inscriptions: On the base, in Kufic:

"With Good-fortune and Blessing and Joy and Happiness and (God's) Grace"

In the borders of the cartouches, in Kufic a Persian quatrain, and benedictory phrases, suggested readings:

"This bottle in the middle of a choice basin
Brings for us the purest water
[Drink] your fill for life from the water of this bottle
Because you will find it pelasan and sweet

Fountain of healing [and] a gift (?) of water-coloured Moon to its owner"

On the body, rather poorly in positive:

"Work of Abu Nasr"

(trans. Manijeh Bayani Wolpert, Dec. 1, 2007)
Marks: amal abu nasr ("work of Abu Nasr")
Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
Label:

Although molds had been used in ceramic manufacture for a long time, it was with the development of the artificial frit body in the eastern Islamic world that mold production enjoyed a creative renaissance. In this mold the decorative details and inscriptions are carved in reverse. Soft frit clay was then pushed into the crevices of the mold's design to create the positive, finished piece, perhaps a lid.
Its decoration includes pairs of figures drinking and feasting. Teardrop shapes filled with abstract decoration and inscribed blessings separate each pair.

Significantly, this mold contains the signature of one 'Abu Nasr, written in positive on the mold. This means it would have appeared in reverse on the finished product. It has been suggested that as moulds were reused it was perhaps more important within the craft for the name of the maker to be known on the mold. His name could easily have been rubbed out when the piece came out of the mold, whereas the other, honorific inscriptions are clearly part of the design.

Inscriptions:
With Good Fortune and Blessing and Joy and Happiness and (God's) Grace
This bottle in the middle of a choice basin
Brings for us the purest water
[Drink] your fill for life from the water of this bottle
Because you will find it pleasant and sweet.
Fountain of healing [and] a gift (?) of water-colored Moon to its owner


Inscriptions: On the base, in Kufic:

"With Good-fortune and Blessing and Joy and Happiness and (God's) Grace"

In the borders of the cartouches, in Kufic a Persian quatrain, and benedictory phrases, suggested readings:

"This bottle in the middle of a choice basin
Brings for us the purest water
[Drink] your fill for life from the water of this bottle
Because you will find it pelasan and sweet

Fountain of healing [and] a gift (?) of water-coloured Moon to its owner"

On the body, rather poorly in positive:

"Work of Abu Nasr"

(trans. Manijeh Bayani Wolpert, Dec. 1, 2007)
Marks: amal abu nasr ("work of Abu Nasr")
Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)