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Persian poem, Shaikh Majd al-Din al-Baghdadi: "Oh my appealing friend, thou knowest why at night My skirt is damp from my two eyes' tears; From desire for thy lips [my eyes express] Water from the mouth of the pupil of my eye. In the year 710" (trans. in Welch, see publications) alternate reading: "Do you know, o my admired one, why My two opressed eyes are full of tears? [My eyes] keep drinking from desire for your lips; Water [falls] from the mouth of my pupils. In the year 710" (Alexander, see publications)


By 1931, purchased by Arthur Upham Pope for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 3, 1931)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and funds donated by Edward Jackson Holmes

Persian, Ilkhanid (Mongol), dated 710 H., equivalent to A.D. 1310

Object Place

Probably Kashan, Iran


Diameter: 19.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Composite body (quartz, clay, and glass frit), underglaze painted in cobalt blue and overglaze painted in luster