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Bowl with Deer Motif

Object Name:
14th century
Iran, probably Kashan
Stonepaste; underglaze painted (Sultanabad ware)
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1941
Accession Number:
Not on view
A spotted deer rests against a foliate background in this blue and turquoise underglazed bowl from Iran. The animal looks upward, perhaps in reference to the motif of a deer gazing at the moon. This design, borrowed from Chinese Buddhist symbolism, was called jairan and used in a variety of media during the Ilkhanid period. One of a group of works associated with Sultanabad, this bowl and others like it were more likely produced in Kashan. The white glaze that once covered the exterior of the bowl is now faded, revealing the pinkish body of the stonepaste below.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1931–41; gifted to MMA)
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.

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