Low Table or Stand, Stonepaste; molded and modeled decoration, monochrome glazed

Low Table or Stand

Object Name:
Table or stand
Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Found Iran, Khurasan, Bodjnurd
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded and modeled decoration, monochrome glazed
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
W. 11 in. (27.9cm)
D. 9 7/16 in. (24 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1969
Accession Number:
69.225
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
As potters explored the properties of the recently introduced stonepaste, they learned that the pliable unfired material could be fashioned into increasingly ambitious forms. Because of its strength when fired, stonepaste was even adopted to create pieces of furniture. This piece, designed in the form of a two story pavilion with arched balconies and pierced balustrades, served as a low table or stand, which would support a tray of food and drink. Reportedly, it was excavated at Bujnurd in northern Khurasan.
[ Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt, until 1969; sold to MMA]
Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). pp. 18-19, ill. p. 18 (color).

Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 141, ill. (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, Suzanne G. Valenstein, and Julia Meech-Pekarik. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. vol. 12. Tokyo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977. ill. pl. 252 (b/w).