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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1500-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze painted in blue and black

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

The pear-shaped body recalls pre-Mongol bottles and shapes illustrated in Timurid period (1370-1526) miniature paintings.In China, similarly shaped bottles of Cizhou ware date as early as the Jin dynasty (1115-1234) and are also common in Kraak wares of the Wanli period (1573-1620).

A similar pair of confronted peacocks may be seen on the tympanum above the entrance to the tomb of Harun-i Vilayat in Isfahan, dated 1512.

Physical description

Bottle, fritware, painted in underglaze blue and black with two pairs of confronting peacocks with open beaks. They are conveniently painted on the body so that the bases of their four tails meet at the base of the neck, the interstices are painted with scattered ornament, line bands at the neck and foot.

Place of Origin

Iran (probably, made)


1500-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, underglaze painted in blue and black

Descriptive line

Bottle, fritware, painted in underglaze blue and black with confronting peacocks, probably Iran, 1500-1600.

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

Crowe, Yolande. Persia and China. Safavid ceramics in the V&A, 1501-1738. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002, cat. no. 7, p. 52.

Labels and date

White earthenware painted in underglaze black and blue.
NORTH PERSIAN; 16th century.
Given by Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. [Used until 03/2004]








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