The four figures in this dish exemplify the 12th-century Seljuk-Persian aesthetic of 'moon-faced' beauty. Iran, Kashan. Early 13th century.

The four figures in this dish exemplify the 12th-century Seljuk-Persian aesthetic of 'moon-faced' beauty. Iran, Kashan. Early 13th century.

Stars and crosses coating, 13th century, Iran.  Ceramic tiles with metallic lustre decoration.  Louvre Museum, Paris.

Stars and crosses coating, 13th century, Iran. Ceramic tiles with metallic lustre decoration. Louvre Museum, Paris.

Bowl with Seated Couple, Iran, Seljuk-Atabeg period, 12th-13th century.  Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

Bowl with Seated Couple, Iran, Seljuk-Atabeg period, 12th-13th century. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

Tile.  Kashan, Iran.  Early 14th century.  Fritware, painted with lustre over the glaze.

Tile

Tile. Kashan, Iran. Early 14th century. Fritware, painted with lustre over the glaze.

Bowl with lion, Seljuq period (1040–1196), early 13th century.  Attributed to Iran, Kashan.  Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted on opaque white glaze.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bowl with lion, Seljuq period (1040–1196), early 13th century. Attributed to Iran, Kashan. Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted on opaque white glaze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Two scenes of Bahram Gur and Azada.  Bowl.  12th–13th century.  Iran, Kashan.  Stonepaste; polychrome in-glaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i).

Two scenes of Bahram Gur and Azada. Bowl. 12th–13th century. Iran, Kashan. Stonepaste; polychrome in-glaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i).

A large pottery storage vessel, Ummayad or Almohad Spain, 11th-12th Century.

A large pottery storage vessel, Ummayad or Almohad Spain, 11th-12th Century.

The inscription on this bowl reads, "Generosity is a disposition of the dwellers of Paradise." The letters are horizontally elongated to fit the available space.  Iran, Nishapur.  10th century.  Kufic script.

The inscription on this bowl reads, "Generosity is a disposition of the dwellers of Paradise." The letters are horizontally elongated to fit the available space. Iran, Nishapur. 10th century. Kufic script.

Basin, early 14th century.  Western Iran.  Brass inlaid with silver and gold, champlevé engraving. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Basin, early 14th century. Western Iran. Brass inlaid with silver and gold, champlevé engraving. | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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