Lot 223. A large splashed and incised pottery dish, Persia or Central Asia, 11th-12th century39.7cm. diamEstimate 5,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 6,250 GBP. Photo Sotheby's.

of shallow rounded form with tall, slightly everted rim, with a cream slip ground incised with stylised facing birds in the centre surrounded by bands with geometric motifs and twisted cord design, with green and brown splashed glazes.

NoteAlthough the background to the introduction of splashware into Persian pottery-making is unclear, it is often traced back to China, notably in the comparison with Tang wares in which 'sancai' (three-coloured) glazes are used. The present example displays the energy of splashware glazing, particularly when used in conjunction with freehand drawing. Few comparables exist, one is illustrated in Soustiel 1985, pp.42-3, no.22. 

Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 19 Oct 2016, 11:30 AM