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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware body glazed and decorated in blue and red

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 29, shelf 7

This is a small octagonal bowl composed of a stonepaste body which has been glazed and painted in blue and brown. Small bowls along with coffee cups became popular in the last quarter of the 17th century, decorated by Persian potters in the same imitation-Chinese style as larger dishes and bowls.

Physical description

Glazed stonepaste octagonal bowl with imitation Chinese landscapes in blue and arabesques in brown.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1650-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware body glazed and decorated in blue and red

Marks and inscriptions

Imitation Chinese 'tassel' mark in blue
painting; paint

Historical context note

Possibly following special orders from Europe, fashionable smaller bowls were painted in much the same manner as larger dishes and plates with lake scenes, scrolling leaves and birds in flight. Yet it is only by the last quarter of the 17th century that small bowls and coffee cups come into their own.

Descriptive line

Bowl, fritware, of octagonal section, underglaze painted in blue with a misfired red slip, covered in a clear glaze; Iran, 1650-1700.

Labels and date

Imitation Chinese "tassel" mark in blue
865-1876. [1954-2005]


Stonepaste; Overglaze


Firing; Overglazing; Painting



Production Type



Middle East Section

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