Pierre Simeon. From Ordinary to Luxury, Islamic Ceramics from Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan. Verena Daiber (Ed.) 192 pages, 190 bw.- 369 coll. ill.
From Ordinary to Luxury is based on the glazed and unglazed pottery from The Bumiller Collection, assembled by the late Manfred Bumiller (1928-2018). The work is both a profound study of Central Asian ceramics and the start of the new series Studies on The Bumiller Collection dedicated to the development of the collection of the University Museum of Islamic Art in Bamberg. Pierre Siméon’s expertise and hands-on experience as an archaeologist are invaluable assets for the knowledge of Iranian and Central Asian pottery. Apart from that, his study takes into account the works of our Russian colleagues, that have gone without adequate acknowledgement for decades due to the language barrier. After a break of ten years this book on material largely neglected and barely studied in a comprehensive way launches the new series of Studies on The Bumiller Collection. May it be a handbook for whoever works on and is interested in the field of Islamic ceramics from the area that spreads from the Zagros to the borders of China.