High artistic technology in the Iran around the year 575: This ceramic bowl portraying a lute player was created with a very sophisticated technique in which the various colors were heated up to different temperatures. This effect is called 'mina'i,' and its beauty was further enhanced by the use of a turquoise glaze that was made partly with copper.
Manuscript of the 'Aja'ib al-makhluqat (Wonders of Creation) of Qazwini, with 253 paintings : manuscript, 17th century. Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Philip Hofer in memory of Eric Schroeder, 1972.3, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Folio 33, recto (seq. 73)