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.

(O. Watson)

Originally Published: December 15, 1983

Last Updated: July 21, 2011

This article is available in print.
Vol. I, Fasc. 3, p. 282

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O. Watson, “ABU’L-FARAJ BANNĀʾ,” Encyclopædia Iranica, I/3, p. 282; an updated version is available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/abul-faraj-banna-a-potter-known-through-a-single-signed-piece-reputedly-found-in-sava (accessed on 31 January 2014).