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Name of Object:

Enamelled vase with figural decoration


Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

Holding Museum:

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 6th – early 7th century / AD late 12th – early 13th century

Museum Inventory Number:

SM 2006 - 934

Period / Dynasty



Iran, Kashan


This bulbous mina’i vase shows bands of blue pseudo-kufic alternating with fields containing sphinxes and seated courtiers among stylized vegetal stalks in the style of contemporary miniature painting. The decoration combines colours applied before firing and others painted onto the fired glaze and fixed in a second firing, an expensive process.

Citation of this web page:

 "Enamelled vase with figural decoration" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;19;en

MWNF Working Number: UA 19


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Seljuqs (Great Seljuqs)

On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Ceramics


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