Bowl, Stonepaste; painted in blue and black under transparent glaze

Bowl

Date:
15th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran or Central Asia
Medium:
Stonepaste; painted in blue and black under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm)
Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, V. Everit Macy Gift, 1932
Accession Number:
32.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Although true Chinese blue-and-white porcelain was available to elite members of Timurid society, local imitations in stonepaste were popular among the wider public. Modeled after a bowl from Ming China in both decoration and shape, this thin-walled stonepaste example has a three-clawed dragon running along its exterior. Its interior is decorated with a single flower composed of seven small dots in blue and black.
Acquired by Museum by purchase in 1932

Samhiri, Iraq; until 1932; sold to MMA through Joseph Upton
Washington. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Timur and the Princely Vision. Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century," April 14, 1989–July 6, 1989, no. 131.

Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Timur and the Princely Vision. Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century," August 13, 1989–November 5, 1989, no. 131.

Lentz, Thomas W., and Glenn D. Lowry. "Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century." In Timur and the Princely Vision. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989. no. 131, pp. 227, 229, 355-356, ill. p. 229 (color).