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Art of the Day: Plate with Birds and Inscriptions

With a lustrous shine that resembles the glisten of precious metals, this dish would have enhanced any elegant table of 13th-century Iran. Collected by the ruling and mercantile elite, lusterware was one of the most prestigious ceramics of the medieval Islamic world. The metallic glaze and complex firing techniques required to produce the luxury ware were developed and perfected by skilled experts. In 12th to 14th-century Iran, lusterware ceramicists were based at Kashan, where this platter was made. Learn more about this object in our art site: