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Lot 343

To Be Sold With No Reserve A lustreware moulded pottery figure of an elephant, Kashan, Persia,...

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Lot 343

To Be Sold With No Reserve
A lustreware moulded pottery figure of an elephant,
Kashan, Persia,...

Current Bid: £420

Estimate: £600 - £800

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Lot 343


To Be Sold With No Reserve

A lustreware moulded pottery figure of an elephant,

Kashan, Iran, 1150-1220AD

The elephant depicted with elongated and misshapen body, flattened ears, and cylindrical legs, with moulded tail and tusks, his trunk missing the end, he wears a moulded and decorated saddle cloth, decorated all over in lustre with scrolling and vegetal designs and pseudo-inscriptions, with highlights in cobalt to forehead and outline of saddlecloth, 

32cm. long x 20cm high

Provenance: Private UK Collection acquired prior to 1979


Restored areas, in particular to saddlecloth and legs with breaks, under UV the elephant appears to show a consistency all over with purple areas to legs around breaks

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Figures of elephants from Iran in the late 12 and early 13th century are numerous. Mainly turquoise-glazed, they tend to depict elephant bodies as slightly misshapen, either very round or quite long, indicating the potters unfamiliarity with real elephants.  They also carry a howdah, missing in our example. Other examples are in Chicago, Oriental Institute RH 6105 (Excavated at Rayy by E. F. Schmidt in 1935); Sotheby’s, Islamic Art, Glass, Textiles, Carpets, Woodwork, Metalwork, 2/5/1977, lot 180; Sotheby’s, Islamic Works of Art Carpets and Textiles, 19/10/1983, lot 136; Metropolitan Museum of Art 65.109.1; Tokyo, Sazu Idemitsu Collection (Mikami: 196, no.54.)  

With thanks to Dr Melanie Gibson for her assistance with the research notes to this lot. 

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