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Large Turquoise Jar

Object Name:
Vase
Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; molded and glazed
Dimensions:
H. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm) Diam. 18 1/2 (47 cm
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.189
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This large earthenware jar holds four registers of molded decoration containing motifs typical of the Seljuq period, including winged griffins set against a scrolling background, an elegant arabesque design, and a series of inscriptions with good wishes written in small kufic script. Although the original function of this jar is not known, similar earthenware jugs may have been used to hold grains or wine.
Inscription: Good wishes; Felicity, peace, generosity, power, longevity to the owner

In kufic script:
... و الدولة و السعادة و السلا[مة] الطائعة و الدالة و البقا لصا[حبه]
(A.Ghouchani )
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1939; sold to MMA]
McAllister, Hannah. "A Persian Jar." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 37, no. 3 (1942). pp. 74-75, ill. p. 75 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 177, ill. fig. 111 (b/w).

Lane, Arthur. "Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia." In Early Islamic Pottery. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. p. 34, ill. pl. 44 (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard. "The Flowering of Seljuq Art." Metropolitan Museum Journal vol. 3 (1970). p. 117, ill. fig. 6 (b/w).

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. 251 (b/w).



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