A large Seljuk monochrome pottery Figurine of a horse and rider. Persia, early 13th Century

the horse depicted standing on a platform base depicting a rider on horseback, holding a quiver on one side - 26 cm. high - Estimate: £7,000 - 9,000

Footnote: Figural ceramic sculptures were particulary popular in Persia at this time. Many were made as functional vessels such as ewers, while others on a smaller scale with comical subject matter were probably children's toys. Larger figures such as the present lot were made as purely decorative objects. The most typical glazing is monochrome blue or turquoise, sometimes with underglaze painting or lustre. For a blue-glazed horseman with black underglaze painting, see M. Bahrami, Gurgan Faiences, pl. xxii and pp. 60-61. For another from the Ades Collection, made as a ewer, see R. Pinder-Wilson, Islamic Pottery 800-1400 AD, London 1969, no. 164. See also Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London 2004, p. 324, for a turquoise monochrome horse's head, presumably from a similar horseman group. For a discussion of ceramic animal figurines, see Ernst J. Grube, "Islamic Sculptures: Ceramic Figurines", Oriental Art, XII, 1966, pp. 165-75.

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