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Bowl with landscape
Place of Origin: Iran
Date: approx. 1600-1700
Historical Period: Safavid period (1501-1722)
Materials: Glazed fritware with luster decoration
Dimensions: H. 2 in x Diam. 8 1/2 in, H. 5.1 cm x Diam. 21.6cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: West Asian Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B60P1985
On Display: No

Description

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Lusterware, a kind of ceramic with a highly prized but difficult to achieve iridescent sheen, had been made in Persia in the 1100s and 1200s. The techniques to produce it, however, fell into disuse and were revived only in the 1600s.

The later lusterwares appear to take inspiration from the goldpainted margins of contemporary manuscripts and lacquer book bindings. The glittering surfaces of the lusterware and their shapes similar to gold objects depicted in courtly miniature paintings suggest that later lusterware may have been produced for a clientele who aspired to the gold objects of the court but were unable to afford them due to a precious metals shortage.

On the foot ring of this dish are two holes for suspension, indicating the dish was probably displayed in a home.


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Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
Label:

Lusterware, a kind of ceramic with a highly prized but difficult to achieve iridescent sheen, had been made in Persia in the 1100s and 1200s. The techniques to produce it, however, fell into disuse and were revived only in the 1600s.

The later lusterwares appear to take inspiration from the goldpainted margins of contemporary manuscripts and lacquer book bindings. The glittering surfaces of the lusterware and their shapes similar to gold objects depicted in courtly miniature paintings suggest that later lusterware may have been produced for a clientele who aspired to the gold objects of the court but were unable to afford them due to a precious metals shortage.

On the foot ring of this dish are two holes for suspension, indicating the dish was probably displayed in a home.


Exhibition History: Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)