Bottle with Running Quadrupeds

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

Like so many ceramics produced in Iran during the Safavid period, the style and decoration of this dish was an attempt to emulate the highly-regarded Chinese porcelain wares. This is illustrated by the blue and white color scheme, as well as fish-scale pattern at the tip, and scalloped border at the shoulder. The flatness of the sides of the bottle, however, is akin to the shape of a pilgrim flask, a traditional Persian form.

Bottle with Running Quadrupeds, Stonepaste; painted in blue under transparent glaze

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