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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with glazing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

The moulded and carved decoration on this elegant little bowl is set off by a single colour glaze. This piece is one of the luxury items produced by Iranian potters in the period 1600-1700.

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

Green bowl with 12 lobes, 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)


1650-1725 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware with glazing


Diameter: 14 cm, Height: 6.4 cm

Descriptive line

Bowl, fritware, moulded in the form of twelve lobes, covered in a thin pale green glaze in imitation of Chinese celadon ware; Iran, 1650-1725.

Labels and date

Green Dish and Bowl
Moulded fritware under coloured glaze
Museum nos. 488-1888, 551-1888 [Jameel Gallery]
Gren-glazed earthenware
PERSIAN; 17th century.
551-1888. [1954-]




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