Stonepaste; painted in blue under a transparent glaze
H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1915
Not on view
This dish belongs to a group of ceramics known as Kubachi ware. Named after a village in the Caucasus where this pottery was discovered in quantity, Kubachi wares are now thought to have actually been produced in Tabriz. One attribute of the Kubachi style is an uneven application of the glaze that has resulted in a surface-wide crackle. Dirt has seeped into the cracklure, discoloring the underlying body to a brownish tint. Like so many ceramics produced in Iran during the Safavid Period, the style and decoration of this dish shows an attempt to emulate the highly-regarded Chinese porcelain. The lobed medallions with depictions of animals and the blue and white illustrate the artist’s fascination with Chinese porcelain.
[ Anderson Galleries, New York, until 1915; sold to MMA]
Wilkinson, Charles K. Iranian Ceramics. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1963. no. 77, pp. 136, ill. pl. 77 (b/w).