Fritware with luster-painted design
Overall: 7.2 x 35.5 cm (2 13/16 x 14 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.74
Where fine clay was unavailable, potters made a paste out of ground quartz, clay, and glass. When fired, the paste created a compact white material called fritware that approximated the appearance of porcelain.
Luster potters migrated to the city of Kashan in Iran where luster ware reached its greatest height during the 1170s until about 1220. This masterful dish features a mounted polo player, a figure representing the Iranian ideal of beauty with a round moon-like face and fine features.
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