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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (perhaps Tabriz, made)
    Tabriz

  • Date:

    1500-1575 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze painted

  • Museum number:

    564-1905

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 28, shelf 2, box 2

Physical description

Four verses, each separated by a dark leaf, run round the well. The riming verses on the left match the opening of a poem by Hafez:

Saqui be nur-e bade bar afruz jam-e ma
motreb begu ke kar-e jahan shad be kame-e ma

Flask-bearer, set our cup ablaze with the light of wine
Tell the musician that the (this) fruit of the arth befits our palate.

The two verses on the right are un-readable. Seven groups of three tightly rounded waves alternate with seven single ones on the flange. A peacock in flight fills the centre surrounded by leafy branches with spiky leaves. Loose leafy branches meander round the outer well. The base has thtree spur marks and its ring two hanging holes. There is no mark. The glaze is cracked and the body is coarse fritware.

Place of Origin

Iran (perhaps Tabriz, made)
Tabriz

Date

1500-1575 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, underglaze painted

Marks and inscriptions

'Saqui be nur-e bade bar afruz jam-e ma
motreb begu ke kar-e jahan shad be kame-e ma'
Flask-bearer, set our cup ablaze with the light of wine
Tell the musician that the (this) fruit of the arth befits our palate.

Dimensions

Height: 6.2 cm, Width: 33.3 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, fritware, painted in blue with a peacock in flight surrounded by an inscription, Iran, perhaps Tabriz, 1500-1575

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

Yolande Crowe, Persia and China: Safavid Blue and White Ceramics in the Victoria & Albert Museum 1501-1738, Geneva, Switzerland and London, 2002, cat. no. 5, p. 51.
Lisa Golombek, Robert B. Mason, Gauvin A. Bailey, Tamerlane's tableware : a new approach to the chinoiserie ceramics of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Iran, Mazda Publishers in association with Royal Ontario Museum, Costa Mesa, California, 1996, p. 153.
Marina Whitman, Persian Blue-and- White Ceramics: Cycles of Chinoiserie, University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1978, fig. 136.
Arthur Lane, 'The So-called 'Kubachi' Wares of Persia', The Burlington Magazine, vol. 75 (October 1939), pp. 156-163, pl.I.f.

Materials

Fritware

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Bird; Leaves

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Middle East Section

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