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Rooster-headed Ewer

Object Name:
13th century
Made in Iran, Kashan
Stonepaste; molded and applied decoration, underglaze painted under a transparent glaze
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This ewer belongs to a group decorated with bold cobalt blue stripes associated with Kashan. Although the pigment has a tendency to run, the potter controlled it masterfully, widening and tapering the stripe to accentuate the ewer’s form. Rooster‑headed ewers had a long tradition in Islamic art and were especially popular in the Seljuq period.
[ Léonce Rosenberg, Paris, until 1918; his sale, Anderson Galleries, New York,May 3, 1918, no. 35]; [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1919; sold to MMA]
"[Leonce] Alexandre Rosenberg Collection." In Anderson Galleries New York. Vol. May 3, 1918. New York, 1918. no. 35.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, Suzanne G. Valenstein, and Julia Meech-Pekarik. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. vol. 12. Tokyo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977. ill. pl. 256 (b/w).

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