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Dish with Floral Designs on an Olive Background

Object Name:
Dish
Date:
16th–17th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze (Kubachi ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) Diam. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957
Accession Number:
57.61.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
This dish is a member of a group of ceramics known as Kubachi ware. Named for a village in the Caucasus where this pottery was discovered in quantity, Kubachi wares are now thought to have actually been produced in Tabriz. An uneven application of the glaze has resulted in a surface-wide crackle, a typical characteristic of the Kubachi wares.
This dish shows a distinct debt to Iznik pottery demonstrated in the colors used, the fish-scale pattern on the border, and especially the pomegranate and saz-leaf vegetal forms in the central section. The position of Tabriz in northwestern Iran made it vulnerable to Ottoman attack, but also accessible to receiving Ottoman styles and techniques.
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Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1931–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; 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. 114, p. 27, ill. pl. 114 (b/w).



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