Fritware, overglaze painted (lajvardina); H. with cover 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957 (57.61.12a,b)
An elongated storage jar with a lid, which became known later in Italian as the apothecary albarello, was widely produced in the western Muslim world. This Ilkhanid example was clearly inspired by such western Islamic models. The jar is exceptionally well-preserved, its gold patterning recalling that on the luxury textiles so appreciated by the Mongols.