Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 17th century
Stone-paste with copper-green glaze
H x Diam: 8.3 x 40.2 cm (3 1/4 x 15 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The monochrome green glaze of this dish is inspired by Chinese celadon ware from Longquan, imported into the Islamic world since the thirteenth century. Its earthenware body is thicker and softer than the Longquan prototype, but the colour of the galze closely resembles that of the Chinese dishes, even though it is produced by copper rather than iron. The Persian green-glazed vessels consist primarily of plates, dishes, and bowls of various sizes, used for serving food and communal eating.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 98.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 94, p. 120.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Ceramics from the World of Islam. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 91, pp. 196-197.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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