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Bowl Inscribed "Wealth"

In their desire to imitate contemporary Chinese Song ceramics, the Seljuks were responsible for the most important innovation in early medieval Islamic pottery. They rediscovered a frit body of clay, quartz, and potash, an ancient Egyptian invention that permitted a variety of color and decoration.

Mina'i (enameled) was the most elaborate Seljuk pottery style, requiring several firings for pigments and gold leaf. Its figural style, derived from wall and miniature painting, preserved in a durable medium an almost vanished aspect of Seljuk art. This luxury ware was produced in Kashan for an emerging wealthy middle class.

Credit: City of Detroit Purchase...

13th century
Composite body, opaque white glaze, polychrome underglaze and overglaze painted decoration
3.9 x 8.2in
Image and text courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts Gallery, 2022

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Detroit Institute of Arts
Permanent collection