Bottle with Flying Cranes

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

Ceramics produced in Kirman in the early seventeenth century consist primarily of stonepaste imitations of Chinese blue-and-white porcelains, decorated with cobalt in an underglaze technique. By the 1640s, a new style had developed in which elements loosely based on Chinese floral motifs were combined with locally developed devices, such as polychrome vegetal forms and medallions. Chinese in shape, this bottle could have been used as a rosewater sprinkler or decanter.

Bottle with Flying Cranes, Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze

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