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Pear-Shaped Bottle with a Bullock Design

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
second half 17th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.168
  • Description

    Very few pieces of Iranian lusterware survive from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, but this technique was revived in the seventeenth century. During this period, lusterware was produced in a relatively limited range of shapes, including elegant bottles, such as the one here, as well as dishes, bowls, cups, ewers and sand-shakers.
    This bottle would have been made toward the end of the reign of Shah ‘Abbas II (1642–1666), a period of heightened artistic activity in which new ideas from Europe and India found favor. Thus, the eclectic confluence of the Indian zebu bull, the Persian peacock, and the Chinese deer on one bottle would have been admired as much as the elegant shape and lustrous glaze.

  • Provenance

    Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)

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