Plate

Polychrome ceramic bowl with wide-lipped rim and low foot ring. The pinkish red ware is decorated on the front in its entirety with a repeating six-sided pattern (in dark green, blue/green and a salmon pink color) on a white (slip) background. The back has a plain white background with dark green lines encircling the rim and foot, but also has eight vertical dark green lines extending from rim to foot, with simple polychrome leaf patterns within each boundary. Both sides have a clear overglaze. Center of foot has a decorated area, with a white background, dark lines as either design or signature, and a clear overglaze. Rest of foot area is covered in a dark brown crust layer and does not appear to be glazed. Foot ring has two drilled holes near each other.

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, 17th century
Medium
Stone-paste painted under glaze
Style
Kubachi ware
Dimensions
H x Diam (overall): 5.4 x 27 cm (2 1/8 x 10 5/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Bequest of Adrienne Minassian
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.60
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Plate

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

Polychrome ceramic bowl with wide-lipped rim and low foot ring. The pinkish red ware is decorated on the front in its entirety with a repeating six-sided pattern (in dark green, blue/green and a salmon pink color) on a white (slip) background. The back has a plain white background with dark green lines encircling the rim and foot, but also has eight vertical dark green lines extending from rim to foot, with simple polychrome leaf patterns within each boundary. Both sides have a clear overglaze. Center of foot has a decorated area, with a white background, dark lines as either design or signature, and a clear overglaze. Rest of foot area is covered in a dark brown crust layer and does not appear to be glazed. Foot ring has two drilled holes near each other.

Published References
  • 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. 138-143.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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