Flask with Zodiac Medallions

Object Name: Pilgrim flask

Date: first half 14th century, with additions first half 20th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Kashan

Medium: Stonepaste; molded, blue-glazed, overpainted, and gilded

Dimensions: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1957

Accession Number: 57.164

Description

All twelve of the zodiac signs appear in the molded medallions on this flask. The fact that Gemini and Sagittarius appear in the center, however, suggests that it was made to commemorate a specific event, perhaps a marriage or the birth of a child.

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