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Kashan turquoise-glazed pottery bowl
Persia, thirteenth century

Painted in black and touches of cobalt under a brilliant turquoise glaze, with quatrefoil panels of stylised flowering plants divided by a cruciform band of naskh reserved on a black ground, the exterior with rows of water-weed motifs

21.5 cm. diameter


Comprising Persian verses, a ruba’i and a couplet:

“Oh you, whose will it is to hurt me for years and months,

Who are free from me and glad at my anguish

You vowed [not to] break your promise again,

It is I who have caused this breach”


“May the Creator of the World protect

The owner of this [bowl] wherever he may be”



Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York
Exhibition of Persian Art, New York, 1940

Nasli Heeramaneek (1902-71), New York
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Joan Palevsky gift, 1973-2002
Christie’s, London, 16th October 2002, lot 69
Mansour Gallery, London, 2002

Private collection, Belgium, 2002-20



Pal, P., Islamic Art: The Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, Los Angeles, 1973, pp. 42-3, no. 59 

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