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Dish with Floral Designs

Object Name:
Dish
Date:
1670s
Geography:
Iran, Kirman
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Diam. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.92
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
This dish is part of a group of polychrome ceramics which were produced in Kirman, Iran. The fortunes of this city in southeastern Iran rose under Shah ‘Abbas I (r.1587–1629) when a number of major monuments were commissioned. To decorate the new buildings and cater to the needs of new patrons, many artisans, including skilled potters, moved to Kirman.
During the seventeenth century a new style of Kirman ceramics arose based on Chinese motifs. The dish size and shape, however, were distinctly Iranian. The large size of the dish, while not unusual for Kirman wares, calls attention to the purpose for which it was made. These dishes would have been used for serving foodstuffs such as pilau from which diners would scoop portions with long-handled spoons — quite unlike Chinese food, which was eaten from small bowls. Over the course of the seventeenth century, as banquets and official receptions grew increasingly formal and extravagant, multiple dishes of this sort would have been necessary.
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 56, p. 48, ill. pl. 56 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 157, pp. 231-232, ill. p. 213 (color).



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