Quantcast

Black and Blue Painted Bowl

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
early 13th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) Diam. of rim: 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm) H. of base: 13/16 (2.1 cm) Diam. of base: 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1964
Accession Number:
64.256
  • Description

    The whiteness of stonepaste provided a canvas upon which potters could paint pigments directly, rather than applying a slip. By the early thirteenth century, a new type emerged, decorated in black and blue against the white ground, usually with vegetal motifs inside radial frameworks. The stable black pigment creates crisp outlines and fine details, while the rather runny blue fills contours and highlights forms. Underglaze painting would have long‑term consequences on the development of Iranian ceramics.

  • Provenance

    [ E. Safani, New York, until 1964; sold to MMA]

  • See also
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
451767

Close