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Covered Jar

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
second half 13th–14th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; overglaze painted and leaf gilded (lajvardina)
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4in. (37.5cm) H with cover: 14 3/4in. (37.5cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957
Accession Number:
57.61.12a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This covered jar exhibits a rare glaze type referred to as lajvardina, from the Persian word lajvard, or lapis lazuli (a deep blue colored stone containing gold inclusions). Its design comprises small squares of gold leaf, carefully arranged into intricate patterns with delicate red and white overpainting. Production of this type of glazed ware is limited to the Ilkhanid period in Iran. And the luxurious nature of this example suggests it was destined for wealthy patrons.
Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1931–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ceramic Art of the Near East," 1931.

Asia Society. "Iranian Ceramics," May 3, 1963–September 12, 1963.

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. 69, p. 17, ill. pl. 69 (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. ill. v. 5, pl. 751 A.

Dimand, Maurice S. "New Accessions of Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 16 (April 1958). pp. 228, 235, ill. p. 235 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Iranian Ceramics. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1963. no. 71, pp. 8, 134, ill. pl. 71 (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. p. 314, ill. pl. 88 (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 28, pp. 26-27, ill. pl. 28 (color).

Islamic Works of Art, Carpets and Textiles. London: Sotheby's, London, October 10-11, 1990. no. 120, p. 40.

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. 131, pp. 200-201 ,271, ill. fig. 241 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 79, p. 122, ill. p. 122 (color).



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