Flask with Zodiac Medallions

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

The blue flask’s two sides present the object’s stratified history. A close investigation recently revealed that the painted and gilded decoration, once on both sides, is a modern enhancement applied to a plain surface— probably while the flask was in fragments before being reassembled. A sticker still glued to the vessel’s interior wall suggests that the restoration was executed in Iran.

Flask with Zodiac Medallions, Stonepaste; molded, blue-glazed, overpainted, and gilded

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