Polychrome Bowl with Cloud Decoration

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

Like so many ceramics produced in Iran during the Safavid period, the style and ornament of this dish shows an attempt to emulate the highly-regarded Chinese porcelain. The shape of this bowl and the scrolling cloud bands on its body illustrate the Chinese influences in this piece. However the use of mossy green instead of the typical blue, is an element of Persian innovation.

Polychrome Bowl with Cloud Decoration, Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze

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