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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (Isfahan Region, made)

  • Date:

    1600-1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, slab-built, pierced, underglaze painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 7

This ornamental stand, perhaps for serving sweets or part of a cosmetic set, resembles a small table or bench, the sides are pierced with palmette motifs. The painting of a stylish young male courtier beside swaying willow trees is similar to paintings by Riza Abbasi (1565-1635). Abbasi was a leading artist of the Isfahan school, which was established after 1598.

It is one of a group of wares thought to have been produced in the Isfahan Region, and thus serving the court. However, they are not as refined as contemporary wares made at Mashhad and Kirman that closely copy Chinese originals. The Isfahan group may have been intended for the merchant classes emulating court taste.

Physical description

Stand of fritware, oblong, the sides perforated, painted with a female figure kneeling among plants in black and rich blue under a clear glaze. Under the top slab is a bottle, possibly for containing henna.

Place of Origin

Iran (Isfahan Region, made)


1600-1640 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, slab-built, pierced, underglaze painted


Height: 4.4 cm, Length: 12.1 cm, Width: 7.6 cm

Descriptive line

Stand, fritware, slab-built miniature table with pierced sides, painted in underglaze blue and black with a seated courtier; Iran, Isfahan Region, early 17th century.




Painted; Perforated; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Plants; Woman




Middle East Section

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