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Large Jar

Object Name:
dated A.H. 681/A.D. 1282–83
Stonepaste; monochrome glazed, modeled
H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm) Diam. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Horace Havemeyer, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Alighting birds and leaping quadrupeds in leafy foliage decorate the upper portion of this large, deep‑blue glazed jar. Scholars have likened these motifs to similar designs on Chinese silk tapestries, which were widely traded along the Silk Road between China and Iran at the time that this jar was made. The verses on this dated vessel suggest that it may have held wine or another type of beverage. They read: "Tumultuous air and boiling earth; Joyous is he whose heart is happy. Drink!"
Inscription: In Persian, in naskhi script; on shoulder: "The heavens and earth are in turmoil; how lucky are those who drink and forget". A.H. 681 (A.D. 1282–83). (Translated by Mr. Esfahani 1980)

(read by Abdullah Ghouchani 2015)
One line poem from Firdowsi, the story بازگشتن اسفندیار نزد گشتاسپ "Bazgashtani Isfandiyar nazd-i gushtasip”

هوا پر خروش و زمین پر ز چوش/ خنک آنک دل شاد دارد بنوش681
(A.D 1282-83)
The air resoundeth and earth travaileth, And blest is he whose heart drink gladeneth.
The story (15) "How Asfandiyar returned to Gushtasp".
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York; sold to Havemeyer]; H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1909–56; bequeathed to MMA)
Kelekian, Dikran G. "Being a Brief History of the Art of Ceramics in the Near East." In The Potteries of Persia. Paris: H. Clark, 1909. pp. 21, 25, 26, ill. fig. 17 (b/w).

Riviere, Henri, and Gaston Migeon. La Céramique dans L'art Musulman. Vol. 2 vols.. Paris, 1913. p. 67, ill.

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. 91, p. 22, ill. pl. 91 (b/w).

Wilson, Arnold T. "7th January to 28th February, 1931." In Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art. 3rd. ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 115, p. 67.

"An Illustrated Souvenir of the Exhibition of Persian Art at Burlington House London, 1931." In Persian Art. 2nd ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 105, p. 55, ill.

Wiet, Gaston. L'Exposition Persane de 1931. Cairo, 1933. no. 42, pp. 41-42, ill. pl. XXIV (b/w).

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. no. v. II, no. 155, v. II, pp. 1622-1623, ill. v. V, pl. 759.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 197.

Dimand, Maurice S. "The Horace Havemeyer Bequest of Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol.15 (May 1957). p. 208, 211, ill. p. 211 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 3rd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1958. p. 372, ill. fig. 240.

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney. Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 99, pp. 108-109, ill. pl. 99 (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Collecting the "Orient" at the Met: Early Tastemakers in America." Ars Orientalis vol. 30 (2000). p. 85, ill. fig. 17 (b/w).

Rossabi, Morris, Charles Melville, James C.Y. Watt, Tomoko Masuya, Sheila S. Blair, Robert Hillenbrand, Linda Komaroff, Stefano Carboni, Sarah Bertelan, and John Hirx. The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256–1353, edited by Stefano Carboni, and Linda Komaroff. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. no. 129, pp. 180, 271, ill. fig. 212 (color).

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