‘Gombroon Ware’ Bowl
This delicate bowl is finely decorated with pierced and painted motifs under a clear glaze. A cobalt-blue and black star extends from the centre, curving slightly clockwise in direction, and the rim bears black brushstrokes arranged in groups of threes. The remaining space is left white, accentuated around the upper body with an incised band of decoration.
This type of ceramic is made from fritware and has a particularly fine, glass-like body resembling porcelain. The term ‘Gombroon ware’ is a European name for the Iranian trading post on the Persian Gulf (now called Bandar Abbas) from where objects such as these were shipped.
The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge holds a comparable bowl, Accession Number C.7-1909, with similar decoration except for the central star which is rendered entirely in black. A further example can be found in the British Museum, London, Accession Number 1878,1230.609.