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To be Sold With No Reserve An Abbasid lustre pottery bowl with dancing figures, probably...

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Lot 290

To be Sold With No Reserve
An Abbasid lustre pottery bowl with dancing figures,

Starting Bid: £2,000

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

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Lot 290


To be Sold With No Reserve

An Abbasid lustre pottery bowl with dancing figures,

probably Central Asia,  8th-9th century,

of deep form, with slightly everted lip on short foot, the off-white interior painted in two tones of lustre with two dancing curly-haired figures wearing intricately patterned robes and trousers, each raising one arm and clasping a long-stemmed flower, and kicking one foot behind, a stringed instrument to their left, floral sprays and vegetal designs to interstices, the rim with alternating brown and yellow lustre lobes, the exterior with leaf zig-zag motifs, repaired breaks, slight restoration, 20cm. diam. x 5.8cm. high

Provenance: Acquired on the Swiss art market in 2006. Accompanied by TL test from Oxford Authentication dated 9th May 2006 confirming manufacture to between 800-1400 years ago. 


Accompanied by TL test from Oxford Authentication dated 9th May 2006 confirming manufacture to between 800-1400 years ago.

Examined under UV light shows restored breaks and restoration to foot

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This remarkable dish relates to a fragment in the Victoria and Albert Museum (LNS 791C) depicting a seated figure playing a four- stringed instrument, the oud, in its subjects matter and in the attention to detail in the patterns on the figures' garments. The design of a musician is one that is part of the cycle of the "pleasure of the court" of the early Islamic period. The pose of the dancers with their one foot raised recalls the famous Abbasid section of a wall painting with two dancers found during Herzfeld’s excavations at Samarra (1911-1913) in the Main Caliphal Palace (Dar al-Khilafa), Reception-Hall Block, so-called "harem"  (Ernst Herzfeld, Die Malereien von Samarra (Berlin, 1927), plate II) now located in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul.

The garments the figures wear vary from that of the fragment in their construction, depicting a collarless coat which wraps right over left. The development of fashion in the Abbasid period was largely shaped by the emergence of a Persian secretarial class as trendsetters of taste and style. The prominence of this Persian influence increased during the Abbasid period. The government bureaucracy was filled with Persian officials who would inspire high society with trends. An example of this Persian influence is provided by the popularity of the caftan, a sleeved robe with sleeves which buttoned down the front. 

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