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Pear-Shaped Bottle with Birds

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 13 5/8 in.(34.6 cm) Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of William B. Osgood Field, 1902
Accession Number:
02.5.62
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
Like so many ceramics produced in Iran during the Safavid period, the style and decoration of this bottle demonstrates an attempt to emulate the highly-regarded Chinese porcelain. Vegetal forms akin to lotus flowers, and the use of underglaze blue and white indicate the Chinese influences. The vessel's weighty shape is charmingly equated with the rotund pot-bellies of the birds.
W. B. Osgood Field, New York (until 1902; gifted to MMA)
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