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Cup

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze and lustre decoration

  • Museum number:

    479-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 31, shelf 7

The designs on Safavid lustreware are purely Iranian, and owe nothing to Chinese designs, so prevalent in underglaze blue painted wares. Potters revived a three-hundred year old Iranian decorative technique in the second half of the Seventeenth century. However, the sources for the designs are found in contemporary manuscript illuminations, some dated about 1675.

Physical description

Cup, fritware, cobalt blue ground exterior, glazed, painted with metallic ruby lustre, the interior with solid lustre ground, exterior with split palmette pattern border

Place of Origin

Iran (made)

Date

ca. 1650-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, underglaze and lustre decoration

Dimensions

Height: 3.2 cm, Diameter: 7.3 cm

Descriptive line

Cup, fritware, cobalt blue ground exterior, overglaze painted in ruby-coloured lustre; Iran, 1650-1700.

Labels and date

Cup of glazed earthenware, Iran, 15th century or 16th century [1888]

Materials

Fritware

Techniques

Glazed; Lustre

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Middle East Section

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