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).
Artist: Date: second half 15th century Accession Number: 17.120.70 Date: second half 15th centuryMedium: Stonepaste; painted in black under turquoise glaze, incised (Kubachi ware)Accession: 17.120.70On view in:Gallery 455