Warrior wearing a pointed helmet and a studded shirt, east Persia or Transoxiana, 10th Century
A larger image of a bowl with a warrior wearing a pointed helmet and a studded shirt, 10th Century, Nishapur, Iran. Bonhams.
A rare Samanid figural slip-painted pottery fragment from a plate, east Persia or Transoxiana, 10th Century
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Sold for £15,600
Lot 168. Bonhams, London. Auction 16221: Islamic and Indian Art. 10 Apr 2008.
A rare Samanid figural slip-painted pottery fragment from a plate, east Persia or Transoxiana, 10th Century, comprising the central roundel and rim section,
decorated in olive green, tomato red and black on a cream ground, depicting a warrior wearing a pointed helmet and a studded shirt, the ground with stylised rosettes,
the border with an elliptical contour panel containing a palmette scroll with a winged palmette emanating from the border.
18.5 cm. max. diam.
Depiction of human figures is virtually unknown in eastern Persian slipwares, except buffwares.
This plate is an important historical source for military dress of the period. The warrior figure is wearing what appear to be a studded shirt and pointed helmet.
For another example, this time depicting a musician, see Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London 2004, p. 241.
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