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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th century
  • Geography

    Kashan, Iran
  • Material

    Earthenware painted under glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 10.6 x 20.2 cm (4 3/16 x 7 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    This vessel flares up from the bottom of the bowl to a sharp carination at which point the walls become vertical, ending in a thin simple rim. The vessel has a narrow but relatively high ring foot. The background of the bowl is white. The inside of the bowl is decorated with a four-fold stylized floral pattern with a band of white-on-black calligraphy at the carination. The inside of the bowl has a band of white-on-black calligraphy. The lower outside areas of the bowl are decorated with a stylized plant motif. The ring foot is undecorated.
  • Provenance

    Between 1962-1966 to 1997
    Osborne (1914-2004) and Gratia Hauge (1907-2000), acquired in Iran [1]
    From 1997
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge [2]
    [1] Acquired while Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge were living in Tehran, Iran, between 1962 and 1966. See Louise A. Cort; Massumeh Farhad; and Ann Clyburn Gunter, “Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts” (Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2000), p. 11.
    The Hauge family began collecting Asian paintings, sculpture, and ceramics in the late 1940s and amassed a large collection in the post-World War II years.
    [2] See Arthur M. Sackler Gallery “Acquisition Consideration Form,” approved on December 19, 1997, copy in object file. See also signed “Deed of Gift to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution,” dated December 26, 1997, copy in object file.
    Research updated May 18, 2023
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge ((1914-2004) and (1907-2000))
  • Origin

    Kashan, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
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