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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1780-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dudley B.Myers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case B1, shelf 2

Physical description

Plaque, earthenware, circular piercd with a small hole at the base, covered with a white slip and painted in blue, olive green and manganese purple with a man on a large horse surrounded by foliage, glazed.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1780-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 9.125 in

Historical context note

Made for inserton in a wall as a cover for a bee-hive or recess. Originally catalogued as Syrian.

Traditionally, horizontal cylindrical bee hives were used in Iran. They were made of woven reeds or cane and smoothed over with mud that was then allowed to dry.

One end was sealed with a pottery roundel such as the ones shown here. The other end was closed with a wicker or wood plate.

The hives were stacked in rows and then covered with mud and straw to insulate them against excessive cold in Winter. Increasingly, such hives have been replaced by modern wooden box hives.

Descriptive line

Plaque for a beehive cover, earthenware, circular with pierced opening, glazed and painted with a horse and foliage, Iran, 1780-1850

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

Nuzhat Kazmi, Islamic Art: The Past and Modern, Roli Books, 2009, page 96

Production Note



Earthenware (buff)


Earthenware; Ceramics


Middle East Section

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