ABU’L-FARAJ BANNĀʾ, a potter known through a single signed piece reputedly found in Sāva. It consists of a dome-shaped candlestick decorated with a broad frieze of figures alternately seated and standing against a foliate scroll. Around the base runs an inscription in Persian, including the signature. It is decorated in the silhouette technique with a thick black slip carved and incised under a transparent blue glaze. The technique allows the piece to be dated to the last quarter of the 6th/12th century.
M. Bahrami, Gurgan Faiances, Cairo, 1949, pl. 3b.
Originally Published: December 15, 1983
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