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Islamic Nishapur Glazed Terracotta Horse Rider

Near East, Persia /Iran, Kashan, ca. 12th to 14th century CE. A ceramic horse modeled with a squat body, thick neck, and small head, and a seated rider on its back. The rider has a beard, pointed hat, and facial details, including deepset eyes and a small nose and mouth. Thick reins are attached to the head of the horse and flow back along the body to the rider. The shape suggests saddle bags and a high saddle back behind the rider. A thick turquoise glaze covers both horse and rider. Size: 4.8" L x 2.1" W x 5" H (12.2 cm x 5.3 cm x 12.7 cm)

Kashan was a Persian city known for producing high-quality pottery during the medieval period. The town was well-located, near sources of minerals needed to create their distinctive light-colored stonepastes.

See a restored example from Christie's that sold for $27,800: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-kashan-turquoise-glazed-mounted-horseman-central-4979494-details.aspx

Condition: Losses to ears, tail, and part of reins. Glaze has losses as shown. The feet may originally have been attached to a base and have been filed down at some point based on comparable examples.

Provenance: private New Jersey USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago

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