The Parish-Watson Collection of Mohammedan Potteries

The Parish-Watson Collection of Mohammedan Potteries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... of galloping polo-players, with their characteristic long sticks, that occur on pottery, bronze and glass vessels ofthe twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Number 26 of the present collection shows an unmistakable representation of at least one polo player. Number 4.2 and its mate, the famous Basilewski vase, show an unmistakable representation of a polo team, while two of the horsemen on Number 2 1 also seem to carry polo sticks. However, this latter representation is not very clear. For the sake of comparison we reproduce a detail of a bronze basin of the collection of the Prince of Arenberg in Brussels (Figure 84.). The motif of polo players apparently does not occur in the miniature paintings ofthe thirteenth century, but it is quite frequent in the sixteenth century miniature paintings of the school of Behzad. Polo playing is not the only equestrian sport represented on Rhages pottery vases. Number 1 4. shows a horseman riding with both arms raised. He is evidently not using the bridle. We may assume that this charming little composition represents a man showing his equestrian skill by riding his horse with only the direction of knees and feet. There is another still more surprising type of composition. In the polo playing scenes not all ofthe horsemen carry polo sticks. This might refer to an older form ofthe game, but there are also compositions in which none ofthe horsemen carry polo sticks, for instance, on the beautiful Syro-Egyptian glass bottle, belonging to Count Pourtales (Munich Mohammadan Exhibition, Plate 167). Numberr 2 and the sides of Number 3 1, as well as two pitchers at the Metropolitan Museum, Figures 3 2 and 33 in particular, show a type of composition in which no polo player is represented. Most ofthe more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236983572
  • 9781236983572