Flask with Zodiac Medallions

Object Name: Pilgrim flask

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

Geography: Iran, Kashan

Culture: Islamic

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


This vessel takes the form of a pilgrim's flask, which has four lugs to attach cords for carrying it. All twelve of the Zodiac signs appear on its molded medallions, but the fact that Gemini and Sagittarius appear in the center suggest that it was made to commemorate a specific event, perhaps a marriage or the birth of a child.