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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640-1680 (made)
    1800-75 (mounting)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze painted in blue and black; brass, engraved

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 31, shelf 4

Physical description

Bottle of fritware, painted in shades of blue with black outline under a clear glaze. Two fragmented winged dragons cavort across the two flattended sides against a ground of scrolling leaves with three lappet flowers. The beasts are fierce-looking with hairy manes and split curled tails. Round the shoulder is a band of linked ruyi heads. At the bottom a band of lotus panels overlooks the splayed round foot with its knotted scroll and flowers. Imitation Chinese "tassel" mark in blue. The mouth is mounted with engraved brass of later date.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


ca. 1640-1680 (made)
1800-75 (mounting)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, underglaze painted in blue and black; brass, engraved


Height: 30 cm, Width: 21.1 cm, Depth: 12.3 cm

Descriptive line

Flask or bottle, fritware painted in underglaze blue and black; Iran, 1640-1680; later engraved metal mounts.

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. 83, p. 88.

Production Note

Crowe 2002, cat. no. 82.


Fritware; Brass (alloy)


Painted; Glazed; Mounted; Engraved

Subjects depicted

Dragons; Flowers; Panels; Ruyi; Scrolling foliage




Middle East Section

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