Bowl with Dragon

Bowl with Dragon

1400s
Locale
Central Asia Nishapur Uncertain
Country
Iran, Uncertain
bowl
Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund in honor of Ernst J. Grube
1993.101
. Bowl with Dragon. 1400s. Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund in honor of Ernst J. Grube. 1993.101.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 3.5 in, 8.8900 cm; diameter: 8.25 in, 20.9550 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Bowl with Dragon Motif
1400s, Timurid dynasty
Iran
Fritware
Bj Averitt Islamic Art Fund in honor of Ernst J. Grube
1993.101

The Mongol invasions of the thirteenth century brought significant Eastern influences to Islamic art, particularly in ceramics and painting. In the fourteenth century, a wave of conquerors descended on Persia under the famous leader Timur, or Tamerlane, and by the fifteenth century they had taken control of most of Central and Western Asia. Importing fine Chinese ceramics became a fashion in this period, including pieces decorated with the famous cobalt blue originally derived from Persian mines. Local artists soon began adapting Chinese decorative styles like those on the bowl pictured here. The well of the bowl is decorated with a Chinese-derived floral pattern, and dragon motifs were a favorite of Timurid rulers.