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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600-1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ceramic dish reserve painted. 2 blues and black.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case EXP

Physical description

The dense flange decoration consists of reciprocal triangles of knotted scrolls joined by half florets which do not match in number the brackets of the rim. Both inner and outer wells are filled with a continuous line of three volutes. A seven-bracket Kraak frame surrounds the central subject which shows a lion lying on a rock with denuded branches on both sides and strange hanging roots. A lone cloud fills the top of the scene.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


ca. 1600-1640 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ceramic dish reserve painted. 2 blues and black.


Height: 8.6 cm, Width: 48 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, fritware, painted in underglaze cobalt blue and black with a lion sleeping on a rock, Iran, 1600-40.

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

Crowe, Yolande: Persia and China Safavid Blue and White Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum 1501-1738, London (Thames & Hudson) 2002: Cat. no. 13, p. 57.

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Lion; Rock; Cloud; Volutes; Branches; Flowers


Middle East Section

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