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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with underglaze painting

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 32, shelf 1

This bowl represents one type of ceramics that were produced during the Ilkhanid period (1260 – 1350) in Iran. This group features decoration in black under a turquoise glaze. The design shows a variation of the so-called panel-style, which divides the surface into separate areas that are distinguished by different patterns.

The Ilkhanids were a branch of the Mongol dynasty with its power based in Iran and subordinate to the Great Khan in China. Under their rule artistic production flourished once again. This is reflected in ceramics production, which produced many new types of wares and a change in style to the previous dynasty.

Physical description

Bowl of fritware, of decagonal shape, on short foot, decorated in black under a turquoise glaze. The inside is painted with a close pattern of scrolls on a dotted ground and with a vertical band of floral devices in alternate panels radiating from a central medallion filled in with spirals and dots. The outside is also decorated with panels enclosing devices in vertical bands. The foot is partly unglazed.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


ca. 1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware with underglaze painting


Height: 7.3 cm, Diameter: 14.3 cm

Object history note

Found on the site of a ruined city near Soltan-abad, now Arak in Iran.

Descriptive line

Bowl of fritware, with painting in black under a turquoise glaze in an Il-khanid style, Iran, ca. 1900.

Production Note






Subjects depicted

Dots; Floral; Scrolls; Spirals; Medallion


Ceramics; Islam


Middle East Section

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