Bottle-Shaped Vase, Islamic, 12th–13th Century A.D., Lajwandi, Iran. Photo courtesy David Aaron Ancien Arts
Height: 26 cm. Price on request
The flowing profile of this bottle vase creates a very aesthetically pleasing piece, heightened further by its intricate and beautiful decoration. The tall, narrow neck tapers gently downwards to meet the extremely wide body, creating a squat and bulbous form. The bottle is set upon a flared conical foot, and has been dipped into a rich blue glaze, as can be seen from the unglazed sections of the foot, used to hold the piece during glazing.
The lower part of the body has a simple radiating flute design traced in white. Above this is a thick black band, joining with four vertical black bands, decorated with gilded triangles and dots, to create panels, bordered at the upper edge by a similar band. Each panel is filled with intricate arabesques painted in white, with a central concentric circle, the middle of which is painted black with a geometric design covered in gold leaf, adding intrinsic value. Such a beautiful vessel would have been purely decorative, its small rim and narrow neck not conducive to any practical use.
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