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Name of Object:

Lustre painted dish


Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

About Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Date of Object:

Hegira 611 / AD 1214

Museum Inventory Number:


Period / Dynasty



Iran, Kashan


This exceptional example of a Kashan dish is decorated with a veiled woman riding an elephant. Moreover, it bears a signature which is possibly that of Muhammad ibn Abi Tahir, a famous Kashan potter of the pre-Mongol era, and head of a family who produced lustreware over three generations. The dish is dated AH Shawwal 611 (AD February 1214). The shape of this dish, standing on three harpy-shaped feet, is taken from a contemporary metalwork shape (perhaps an incense burner).

Citation of this web page:

 "Lustre painted dish" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;25;en

MWNF Working Number: QT 25


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Seljuqs (Great Seljuqs)

On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Ceramics


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