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Luster-Painted Bottle

Object Name:
second half 17th century
Attributed to Iran
Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze, with silver fittings
H. 14 in. (35.6 cm) Diam. 7 1/2 in. (91.1 cm)
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1941
Accession Number:
41.199.4a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
In the seventeenth century, lusterware production was revived in Iran. Painted with dark red‑brown luster on a cream-colored ground, this bottle is decorated with cypresses, birds, spiky flowers, and grass. In contrast to Safavid blue-and-white ceramics, lusterware was produced in a limited range of shapes, such as bottles, small cups, sand shakers, and bowls.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1931–41; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ceramic Art of the Near East," 1931, no. 122.

London. Burlington House. "International Exhibition of Persian Art," January 7, 1931–February 28, 1931, no. 280U.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection," March 27, 1993–June 20, 1993, not in catalog.

Dimand, Maurice S. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 12 to June 28, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of Ceramic Art of the Near East. New York, 1931. no. 122, p. 29, ill. pl. 122 (b/w).

Wilson, Arnold T. "7th January to 28th February, 1931." In Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art. 3rd. ed. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1931. no. 280U, p. 179.

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. ill. v. V, pl. 796.

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