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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with glazing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WN9

In the 16th century, ceramic production in Iran was on a modest scale, but when the capital moved to Isfahan around 1600, the production of luxury dishes and wall tiles in a wide variety of styles and techniques rapidly increased.

The production of ceramic vessels cannot be attributed to a particular centre. The many techniques deployed included underglaze painting, coloured glazes and lustre, which was revived after 1650.

Safavid potters created brilliantly coloured ceramics. The effect was often achieved with glazes of a single colour. Many of these wares have moulded or carved decoration, such as the details in relief on this ewer.

Physical description

Blue celadon ware ewer with cylindrical base rising to slim neck and outward turning rim; long straight spout and curved handle on opposite side. Inside in white slip glaze. Decorated with two rings of lozenge shaped motifs around base, a further deep necklace of decoration beneath spout, one ring of the same design at base of neck and a further one under rim on outside. Similar in shape and style to one illustrated in Arthur Lane: Later Islamic Pottery, Plate 93C

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware with glazing


Height: 20.1 cm, Width: 24.5 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Blue ewer with bands of raised white decoration, Iran, 17th century.

Labels and date

Blue Ewer with Relief Decoration
Fritware with relief decoration under coloured glaze
Museum no. 1310-1876 [Jameel Gallery]
1310-1876. [1954-]




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