Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
H.11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1941
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
The main center for ceramics of this type was Damascus, although other places in Syria and Egypt produced it as well. The decoration of this jar reflects the popularity of Chinese motifs after about 1320; note the peony in the diamond‑shaped cartouches and the abstract bird‑in‑flight motif on the neck, both Chinese‑inspired.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1931–41; gifted to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 12 to June 28, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of Ceramic Art of the Near East. New York, 1931. no. 174, p. 40.