Luster Dish with Polo Player


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Luster potters migrated to the city of Kashan in Iran where luster ware reached its greatest height during the 1170s until about 1220. This masterful dish features a mounted polo player, a figure representing the Iranian ideal of beauty with a round moon-like face and fine features.

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  • Title: Luster Dish with Polo Player
  • Date Created: 1170-1200
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 7.2 x 35.5 cm (2 13/16 x 14 in.)
  • Provenance: V. Everit Macy Sr. [1871–1930], New York, Parish-Watson & Co., Inc., New York, NY, (Heeramaneck Galleries, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1944.74
  • Medium: fritware with luster-painted design
  • Fun Fact: Where fine clay was unavailable, potters made a paste out of ground quartz, clay, and glass. When fired, the paste created a compact white material called <em>fritware</em> that approximated the appearance of porcelain.
  • Department: Islamic Art
  • Culture: Iran, Kashan, Seljuq period of Iran (1037–1194)
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Islamic Art
  • Accession Number: 1944.74

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