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Bowl with Radiating Panels

late 13th–early 14th century

Stonepaste with pigment and gilding over glaze (Lajvardina ware)

4 × 8 5/8 in. (10.16 × 21.91 cm)
Gift of David M. Levitt
1958.63.6
The rich surface of this bowl is covered with a rare type of glaze known as Lajvardina, after lajvard, the Persian word for lapis lazuli, a deep blue stone with gold inclusions. Found primarily in Afghanistan, lapis was treasured in the ancient world and was traded throughout West Asia to Egypt, India, and ultimately, Europe. The design painted over the blue glaze is embellished with small squares of gold leaf arranged in intricate patterns. 
Geography: 
Iran
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Ilkhanid period (1256–1353)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Parish Watson Collection No. 44 Fig. 89 (1940 loan); David M. Levitt Collection #V.34 (bears numbered label, former loan #10.1957) New York, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.