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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1630-60 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze painted in blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 31, shelf 5

Physical description

Bottle of fritware, painted in cobalt blue and outlined in black under a clear glaze. Two elongated floral sprays with long crossed leaves decorate the tall neck which ends in a small vase shape. A band of reciprocal leaves sits on the shoulder above a band of linked ruyi heads. Five large palmettes perhaps recalling some heraldic design, decorate the body. Each contains an artemesia leaf, a pair of tassels and ribbons, and a ruyi head. Pairs of triangular ruyi heads and their finials fill the intervals. Overlapping round panels line the lower part of the tall bottle. There is a tendency for the cobalt to run, the glaze falls short of the foot ring and there is no mark.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1630-60 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, underglaze painted in blue


Height: 44.7 cm, Diameter: 23.1 cm

Descriptive line

Bottle, fritware, with knopped neck, painted in underglaze blue and black, with Kraak-style panels; Iran, 1630-60.

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

Crowe, Yolande. Persia and China: Safavid blue and white ceramics in the Victoria & Albert Museum 1501-1738. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002, Cat. 87, p. 89.

Production Note





Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Palmettes; Ruyi; Leaves; Flowers; Ribbon




Middle East Section

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