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Bowl with Fish Motifs

Object Name:
first half 14th century
Attributed to Iran
Stonepaste; molded and glazed
H. 5in. (12.7 cm) Diam. 1 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Mrs. Horace Havemeyer, in memory of her husband, Horace Havemeyer, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Ilkhanid-period potters in Iran imitated the range of green glazes of imported Chinese celadon wares, though they did not always succeed in duplicating their colors. This bowl is one of the more accomplished attempts. Its color, shape and decoration of three playful fish relate closely to wares produced in the kilns of Longquan, China during the Song period (960–1279).
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1959; gifted to MMA by Mrs. Horace Havemeyer))
Asia Society. "Iranian Ceramics," May 3, 1963–September 12, 1963, no. 75.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection," March 27, 1993–June 20, 1993, no. 101.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia 1256-1353," October 28, 2002–February 16, 2003, no. 132.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia 1256-1353," April 13, 2003–July 27, 2003, no. 132.

Wilkinson, Charles K. Iranian Ceramics. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1963. no. 75, pp. 9, 135, ill. pl. 75 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 31, pp. 28-29, ill. pl. 31 (color).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 54, pp. 74-75, ill. fig. 54 (color).

Yarshater, Ehsan, ed. Encyclopaedia Iranica vol. 5 (1992). p. 321, ill. pl. XXXIII (b/w).

Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney. Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. p. 111, ill. pl. 101 (color).

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. 132, pp. 200, 271, ill. fig. 238 (color).

Leidy, Denise Patry. "Longquan: A Selection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Arts of Asia 45: 2 (March–April 2015). pp. 118–128, ill. fig. 18.

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