In addition to bowls, ewers, and other utilitarian shapes, the potters of Islamic Persia created a variety of mold-made ceramics in animal and human form, such as this charming vessel in the form of a seated man holding a double-spouted water skin. The ornament of his dress, referred to as "wind-blown willow spray," is painted in black beneath a turquoise luster glaze. The style and technique are those associated with Kashan, a major center of pottery and tile production, but the vase may have been produced elsewhere. The man, who may be a water seller, wears a tall hat and is wrapped in a long garment. His lugubrious expression and tiny moustache give him a comic air, but his arched eyebrows, moon face, and slanted eyes reflect the standards of beauty in thirteenth-century Iran.
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