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At A Glance

  • Period

    13th century
  • Geography

    Kashan, Iran
  • Material

    Earthenware molded and painted with glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 12.1 x 19.5 cm (4 3/4 x 7 11/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    This bowl has a lobed body with two rows of hexagonal lobes on the middle to upper body, and one row of 5-sided lobes near the foot. The foot is open to the interior of the bowl. The decoration includes the blue and black geometric shapes on a white or beige background. The flat rim, approximately 2.2 cm wide, includes a band of light-on-dark geometric shapes on the inside of the bowl, and black-on-blue calligraphy on the outside of the bowl. A thin band on the upper rim is blue. The geometric shapes on the outside of the bowl end in a blue band on the foot of the vessel. The glaze on the vessel is thin and badly degraded and discolored.
  • 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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