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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 period 1600-1700, Iranian potters created brilliantly coloured ceramics, such as this dish. The effect was often achieved with glazes of a single colour. Many of these wares have moulded or carved decoration, as on the rim of this piece.

In the 16th century, ceramic production in Iran was on a modest scale. 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.

We cannot identify a particular centre of production of ceramic vessels. Surviving pieces illustrate the many techniques the potters used. These included underglaze painting, coloured glazes and lustre, which was revived after 1650.

Physical description

Dark green dish, with fluted edges, and a deeply incised rim. This dish was probably intended to make reference to a Chinese celadon, but the bright green colour gives it away immediately as an Iranian copy. Such Safavid monochrome wares are generally dated into the 17th century, but there is little precise information on where and when and for how long they were made.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware with glazing


Diameter: 23.6 cm, Height: 5.5 cm

Descriptive line

Dark green dish with fluted edges, imitation of Chinese celadon ware, Iran, 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Watson, Oliver, Ceramics from Islamic Lands: Kuwait National Museum: The Al-Sabah Collections; London Thames & Hudson, 2004

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Safavid Ceramics and Colour
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. The most unusual appears on bottles made in the 17th century, which bear scenes of people and animals.

A second technique used coloured slips, or liquid clay, under the glaze. Potters sometimes carved the slip away to reveal the white body beneath. In other cases, they added designs in white and other slips.

2-3 Green Dish and Bowl
Moulded fritware under coloured glaze
Museum nos. 488, 551-1888 [Jameel Gallery]
Said to have been made at Susa.
488-1888. [1954-]




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