Bowl Depicting King Zahhak with Snakes Protruding from His Shoulders

Earthenware; slipped and carved under a transparent colorless, brown, and green glaze | 6.7in | 12th-13th century, with alterations first half 20th century; or 20th century

Unknown Artist

The bowl shows probably a scene of the legendary King Zahhak with two snakes pertruding from his shoulders. This is a popular scene from the Iranian Epic the Shahnama. In a champleve technique the design is carved out of a white slip.

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