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Pierced jug with harpies, sphynxes, and animals against a vegetal background

Made in Kashan, Iran, dated A.H. 612/ A.D. 1215–16 (Seljuq period). 

There is a ruba’i by an unknown poet inscribed around the base of the jug:

گفتم چو رسد بزلف دانی دستم
دل باز ستانم وز محنت رستم
یک لحظه چو در پیش رخش بنشتم
جان نیز چو دل در سر زلفش بستم

I said, “[Do] you know, if my hand reaches her tresses,
I [could] reclaim my heart and be free from suffering.”
One moment, while sitting face-to-face with her,
I tied my soul, like my heart, to the end of her curls.

(In the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  There’s a bit more on this jug in The Flowering of Seljuq Art, pg 119-120 and Islamic Pottery: A Brief History, pg. 22-3)

Rooster-headed ewer

Kashan, Iran, 13th century (Seljuq period)

Height 11 in. (28.6 cm)

This ewer belongs to a group decorated with bold cobalt blue stripes associated with Kashan. Although the pigment has a tendency to run, the potter controlled it masterfully, widening and tapering the stripe to accentuate the ewer’s form. Rooster‑headed ewers had a long tradition in Islamic art and were especially popular in the Seljuq period.

Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art