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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, <i>sgraffito</i> and underglaze painted decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 5

Physical description

Dish of fritware, decorated in blue and black under a clear glaze. The broad flange is filled with a band of nine rosettes inside four-lobed cartouches and divided by panels of trellises and swastikas. A black band inside the well with sgraffito pseudo-writing. A bracketed frame surrounds the centre with a spotted doe in a landscape with trees, three birds in flight and clouds. The outside decoration consists of two elongated fine stems with a central lotus leaf and smaller sketchy leaves. Two crossed leaves act as dividers with two small triangles against the rim. There are three marks in black on the base.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1650-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, sgraffito and underglaze painted decoration


Diameter: 38.6 cm, Height: 7 cm, Diameter: 21.5 cm base

Descriptive line

Dish, fritware, having a broad matt black band with incised designs (sgraffito) and underglaze painted in blue and black with a seated deer in a landscapte; Iran, 1650-1700.

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. no. 280, p. 178.

Production Note





Painted; Glazed; Sgraffito

Subjects depicted

Landscapes (representations); Diaper-work; Trees; Deer; Rosettes; Birds; Clouds; Swastikas




Middle East Section

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