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Bottle

Date:
12th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque monochrome glaze
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm) Max. Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.175.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The introduction of luster ware to Iran dates to the early twelfth century, with the arrival of potters from Egypt, perhaps via Syria. These potters settled in Kashan, where they developed a new style of luster painting. Some of the decoration, like the row of small‑scale horseback riders parading around this bottle, relates to manuscript illustration. Hallmarks of this "miniature style" include the checkerboard trees and dotted branches seen on this object.
[ Farhadi and Anavian Company, New York, until 1966; sold to MMA]
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