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Bottle

Date:
mid-17th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Isfahan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded and glazed
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm) W. 5 in. (12.7 cm) D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Patti Birch Gift, in memory of Everett B. Birch, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.247
  • Description

    Relief images of two felines in motion ornament this flask, which has been coated with a green glaze. The lower coursing feline extends its hind leg mid-stride, turning its head to gaze behind. The feline above is depicted in a low crouch as if ready to pounce.
    This object is one of a small group which is notable for flat sides, emerald color and molded decoration. Scholars believe these wares were produced in Iran, though the imagery may have been influenced by Chinese or European sources.

  • Provenance

    [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York]; [ Habib Anavian, until 1988; sold to MMA]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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