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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1666 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with <i>sgraffito</i> decoration, painted in underglaze blue and black

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 30, shelf 4

Physical description

Dish of fritware, decorated in blue and black under a clear glaze. A bracketed rim encloses the flange and its six restrained leafy S-stems alternating with six tightly pressed fine ribbons. The narrow well is plain. A black band surrounds the centre and its incised flower spray. The band is divided into six cartouches each enclosing part of a sgraffito text. The dividers are small lozenge shapes and contain a floret. Four S-stems with a central lotus leaf and smaller sketchy leaves fill the outside with crossed leaves as dividers. There is a large double circle surrounding three large blue tassel marks inside the base ring. Besides a large unsightly round mark and a repair in the centre, its glaze is blotchy, probably underfired. Dated A.H. 1077 (AD 1666).

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1666 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware with sgraffito decoration, painted in underglaze blue and black


Height: 10.6 cm, Diameter: 52.9 cm, Diameter: 30.5 cm base

Descriptive line

Dish, fritware with sgraffito decoration, painted in underglaze blue and black, Iran, dated A.H. 1077 (AD 1666)

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. 274, p. 176.

Production Note





Painted; Glazed; Sgraffito

Subjects depicted

S-scrolls; Florets; Lozenges; Foliation (pattern)




Middle East Section

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