Seller: vivitelaeti (1,476) 100%, Location: Wien, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371785008629 A sasanid pottery bowl. Samarkand, Central Asia or possibly Nishapur, North east Iran, 14 th/16th. century. Of rounded form on short foot. Colors: brown, yellow, red. High: 8 cm. (3.15 inch.), Diameter: 19,7 cm. (7.75 inch.) Nishapur was one of the greatest cities in medieval Iran was Nishapur, located in the eastern province of Khurasan. Founded during the Sasanian dynasty (and given the title of New Shapur) the city became the capital of the Tahirid dynasty in the 9th century and reached the height of its prosperity under the Samanids in the 10th century, when it served as the seat of the governor and commander in chief of the province. Nishapur occupies an important strategic position astride the old Silk Road that linked Anatolia and the Mediterranean Sea with China. On the Silk Road, Nishapur has often defined the flexible frontier between the Iranian plateau and Central Asia. The town derived its name from its reputed founder, the Sassanian king Shapur I, who is said to have established it in the 3rd century CE. Nearby are the turquoise mines that supplied the world with turquoise for at least two millennia. It became an important town in the Khorasan region but subsequently declined in significance until a revival in its fortunes in the 9th century under the Tahirid dynasty, when the glazed ceramics of Nishapur formed an important item of trade to the west. For a time Nishapur rivaled baghdat or Cairo: Toqhrül , the first ruler of the Seljuk dynasty, made Nishapur his residence in 1037 and proclaimed himself sultan there, but it declined thereafter, as Seljuk fortunes were concentrated in the west. In the year 1000 CE, it was among the ten largest cities on earth. After the husband of Genqhis Khan's daughter was killed at Nishapur in 1221, she ordered the death of all in the city (~1.7 million), and the skulls of men, women, and children were piled in pyramids by the Mongols. This invasion and earthquakes destroyed the pottery kilns. Nishapur retained its importance under the Seljuqs, after its occupation by the first sultan of this Turkic dynasty in 1037. It was sacked by the Ghuzz in 1153 and damaged in a series of earthquakes in the 12th and 13th centuries, yet it remained an active urban centre until its itter destruction by the Mongols in 1221. Important information: To get better images, I've sprinkled the shell with the water. Condition: glued, as depicted. Acquired in Vienna, in 1980. Only 1$ shipping for each additional item purchased!