Mina'i Beaker with Seated Princes


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Mina’i ware takes its name from the Persian word for <em>enamel.</em> It was a luxurious type of pottery and used enamel painting to create true polychrome ceramic for the first time. Mina’i ware frequently combines blues, greens, and purples with sharp black and red executed with precise control. Figural scenes are quite common for these vessels and often recall book illustrations including rows of seated court members, sometimes flanking an enthroned ruler, and princely scenes of hunting or falconry.

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  • Title: Mina'i Beaker with Seated Princes
  • Date Created: 1180–1220
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 13.3 x 12.3 cm (5 1/4 x 4 13/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Purchased by the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust for the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1917.977
  • Medium: Fritware with overglaze design, mina’i ware
  • Fun Fact: A band of Kufic runs around the outside of the rim and another one is around the inside of the rim.
  • Department: Islamic Art
  • Culture: Iran, Kashan, Seljuq period of Iran (1037–1194)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust
  • Collection: Islamic Art
  • Accession Number: 1917.977

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