Stonepaste; painted in blue under transparent glaze
H. 2 3/4in. (7cm)
Diam. 17 1/4in. (43.8cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1965
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
In the seventeenth century, Iranian imitations of Chinese blue-and-white export porcelain increased markedly. Using a stonepaste body instead of porcelain, Safavid potters synthesized Chinese Ming idioms with local tastes and created vessels such as this dish. At the center, two intertwined dragons grapple with each other, forming a six‑pointed star against a concentric wave pattern. While in Chinese mythology the dragon is a beneficent symbol, in Iran it is a fearsome, poison‑breathing creature.
Marking: On the underside, in blue: [imitation of a Chinese mark].
[ Farhadi and Anavian Company, New York, until 1965; sold to MMA]
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Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. p. 34 (b/w).
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 112-113, ill. fig. 80 (color).
de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 325, ill. fig. 32 (color).