A Saljuq Minā‛i bowl showing Bahrām Gur and Āzāde the Harpist, late 12th-early 13th centuries.
A larger image of a Saljuq Mina'i bowl showing Bahrām Gur and Āzāde the Harpist, late 12th-early 13th centuries.
Perhaps even more expensive than lustre ware were the so-called minā‛i or haft-rangi ceramics, with multi-coloured painted and gilt decoration on a cream-white, light blue, or green glazed ground. Figural representations dominate; the scale of the figures is normally small so that narrative contents (from historical or epic narratives) are sometimes represented.
Referenced as figure 401 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
401. Ceramic bowl, 13th century AD, Iranian, Metropolitan Museum, New York.
p40. Whether the heavy European falchion, perhaps first seen in 11th century southern France (Fig. 563), was an independent development or reflected a merging of these two traditions from north and south, remains unclear. There is, however, little doubt that comparable single-edged swords of various lengths continued to be used throughout most of the Muslim world in the 12th and 13th centuries (Figs. 177E-F, 178A-B, 250, 294, 401, 591, 609I and 641).