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Large Jar

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
dated A.H. 681/A.D. 1282–83
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; monochrome glazed, modeled
Dimensions:
H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm) Diam. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)
Classification:
Gaming pieces
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Horace Havemeyer, 1956
Accession Number:
56.185.3
  • Description

    Alighting birds and leaping quadrupeds in leafy foliage decorate the upper portion of this large, deep‑blue glazed jar. Scholars have likened these motifs to similar designs on Chinese silk tapestries, which were widely traded along the Silk Road between China and Iran at the time that this jar was made. The verses on this dated vessel suggest that it may have held wine or another type of beverage. They read: "Tumultuous air and boiling earth; Joyous is he whose heart is happy. Drink!"

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Persian, in naskhi script; on shoulder: "The heavens and earth are in turmoil; how lucky are those who drink and forget". A.H. 681 (A.D. 1282–83). (Translated by Mr. Esfahani 1980)

  • Provenance

    [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York; sold to Havemeyer]; H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1909–56; bequeathed to MMA)

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