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Bowl with a Lion Attacking a Fox
Bowl with a Lion Attacking a Fox

Image credit: The Khalili Collections

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It is now thought that stonepaste wares and lustre painting reached Syria from Fatimid Egypt almost simultaneously, in the late eleventh or early twelfth century, most probably through migrant craftsmen who later in the twelfth century moved eastwards to Iran. They evidently established themselves in north-east Syria on the Euphrates (notably at Raqqa), but some pieces, including this example, have been associated with the site of Tell Minis, south of Aleppo and are consequently known as 'Tell Minis wares'. The decorative repertory, generally in a monochrome chocolate lustre, is much influenced by the work of the Fatimid Egyptian lustre-painters on pottery and glass. The treatment of the decoration on this bowl, a lion attacking a fox on a ground of floral scrolls, is similar in style to the work of the Fatimid-Egyptian lustre painter, Sa'd, who worked on both pottery and glass in Fustat (Old Cairo) in the early years of the twelfth century.

The Khalili Collections

London

Title

Bowl with a Lion Attacking a Fox

Date

12th C

Medium

stonepaste ware, with lustre-painted decoration over a colourless transparent glaze ('Tell Minis' ware)

Accession number

197

Work type

Sculpture

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