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Covered Jar

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
second half 13th–14th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; overglaze painted and leaf gilded (lajvardina)
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4in. (37.5cm) H with cover: 14 3/4in. (37.5cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957
Accession Number:
57.61.12a, b
  • Description

    This covered jar exhibits a rare glaze type referred to as lajvardina, from the Persian word lajvard, or lapis lazuli (a deep blue colored stone containing gold inclusions). Its design comprises small squares of gold leaf, carefully arranged into intricate patterns with delicate red and white overpainting. Production of this type of glazed ware is limited to the Ilkhanid period in Iran. And the luxurious nature of this example suggests it was destined for wealthy patrons.

  • Provenance

    Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1931–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; gifted to MMA)

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