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Flask with Zodiac Medallions

Object Name:
Pilgrim flask
first half 14th century, with additions first half 20th century
Iran, Kashan
Stonepaste; molded, blue-glazed, overpainted, and gilded
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm) W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1957
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
All twelve of the zodiac signs appear in the molded medallions on this flask. The fact that Gemini and Sagittarius appear in the center, however, suggests that it was made to commemorate a specific event, perhaps a marriage or the birth of a child.
Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 1950, no. 64; [ J. Acheroff, Paris, until 1957; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Following the Stars: Images of the Zodiac in Islamic Art," February 4, 1997–August 31, 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the Early 20th cent.," February 10, 2016–July 17, 2016.

Faiences Persanes Provenant de Fouilles de Guebri Rakka. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 28, 1950. no. 64, ill. b/w.

Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: The Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 15, pp. 36-37, ill. (b/w).

Carboni, Stefano. "A Guastada with Images of the Zodiac." In Studi in onore di Umberto Scerrato: per il suo settantacinquesimo compleanno. Vol. 2 vols.. Napoli, 2003. pp. 25-27, ill. (b/w).

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