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Sultanabad ware

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    Sultanabad wares are actually a special type of underglaze-painted wares which were introduced in Iran during the Ilkhanid period in the second half of the 13th century. They were probably made in the Arak region, not far from Hamadan. There are actually three types of "Sultanabad" wares: the first group is painted with a greyish ground slip and the decoration is moulded and reserved in white while its outlines are painted in black. The second type is more colourful, using cobalt-blue and occasionally turquoise. The shape of some of these "Sultanabad" vessels was new in Iran and it was most likely introduced from Syria. The have rounded sides and flat rim which is slightly everted and inverted. The third type have the usual rounded sides and it was most likely made at Kashan. There was actually a fourth type, which was imitating Sultanabad vessels. They were most likely made in Kirman province. The Tareq Rajab Museum has twenty pieces of Sultanabad and imitation wares. A large bowl with the flat inverted and everted rim a grey ground painting is a rare piece, since the inscription on the outside gives its date as AH716, equivalent to 1316AD (CER0563TSR). A good example of the second type is again a large bowl depicting a leopard inside at its base (CER0578TSR). The third type is represented in the collection by a large bowl, painted in blue, black and turquoise, showing wedge-shaped panels radiating from the base (CER1767TSR).
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