Historical period(s)
Il-khanid dynasty, 14th century
Stone-paste painted over white slip with black, cobalt, and copper pigments, under clear glaze
H x Diam (overall): 10 x 21.2 cm (3 15/16 x 8 3/8 in)
Iran, Sultanabad
Credit Line
Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


flower, Hauge collection, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

The fascination of Persian potters with Chinese designs and techniques is evident in this bowl, attributable to modern-day Sultanabad in western Iran.  The decoration, perhaps inspired by Chinese textiles, consists of a radial floral design, achored by a stylized lotus flower.  Similar lotus flowers, as well as phoenixes and dragons, became standard decorative elements in 14th-century Il-Khanid art and can be seen in many different media.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 45, pp. 66, 89.
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 134-137, fig. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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