Turquoise Dish with an Abstract Rock-and-Wave Border

Turquoise Dish with an Abstract Rock-and-Wave Border

about 1600
Locale
Tabriz
Country
Iran
dish
Ceramic with black pigment under a turquoise glaze
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bunker in honor of Bj Averitt
1995.251
. Turquoise Dish with an Abstract Rock-and-Wave Border. about 1600. Ceramic with black pigment under a turquoise glaze. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bunker in honor of Bj Averitt. 1995.251.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 2.375 in, 6.0325 cm; diameter: 13.625 in, 34.6075 cm
Inscription
Label affixed to underside "Persian Exhibition 1940 New York MK153"; also on underside is a cut affixed label with #0190.
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Dish
Iran, Kubachi
early 1500s, Safavid period
Glazed fritware
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bunker in honor of Bj Averitt
1995.251

The form of this dish and its designs owe much to fourteenth century Chinese blue-and-white porcelains, but the transparent turquoise glaze that covers the black-painted patterns is an Islamic ceramic style dating back to the twelfth century. The encircling bands on the rim and inner ring may have their origins in Chinese rock and wave patterns, and the central floral motif is also of Eastern origin. Both, however, have been largely transformed into Islamic imagery.