13 UMMA Objects
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"Produced in the Wan Li era (1573-1619), the Chinese prototypes are more tightly controlled and more elaborate that the museum's Persian version. In place of nine rim panels in the Far Eastern piece our bowl has four, more widely dispersed over the rim area and enclosing loosely executed foliate forms. The elaborate scene usually appearing in the center of such bowls here is reduced to a simple bouqet, now in part reconstruction." 
Iranian (Iranian)
Plate with radial design
Museum Purchase
1957/1.84
This ceramic plate contains negative white designs of a cross at center surrounded by a band of floral motifs at the rim. The plate is a gray-white porcelain whit glossy glaze and wide crackle. The colors used are primarily gray and white. The object was fired upright and is slightly restored. It probably dates to the Shah Abbas Safavid period. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Shallow plate with floral rim design on broad rim
1700 – 1899
Museum Purchase
1957/1.88
This bowl was modeled on a Chinese vessel of the late 16th century. Below the foliate rim there are six panels with horses in reseve against a background of waves and clouds. Following the system used on Chinese vessels the horses facing different directions are placed in alternation around the bowl. Small tassels hang from the center of each panel, but otherwise the middle zone of the exterior is free of decoration. Overlapping petals are found just above the foot. The internal decoration consists of a floral spray in the foot and eight half-medallions on the rim separated by eight tassels hanging from the rim. <br /><br />
 
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Bowl with foliate Rim
17th century
Museum Purchase
1957/1.89
This deep footed bowl comes from the 17th century Safavid period in Iran. The bowl features an ivory ground with a glossy glaze and blue and black underglaze painting. Cobalt blue floral rug designs cover the exterior of the bowl and  a cobalt blue medallion is found on the interior base.
Iranian (Iranian)
Deep bowl with medallion design
17th century
Museum purchase
1957/1.92
This glazed plate is attributed to the Safavid period in Iran. The interior decoration consists of yellow splashes on a glossy red-brown glaze. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Plate with deep red-brown glaze spashed with yellow (cracked)
1600 – 1899
Museum Purchase
1957/1.98
This star-shaped ceramic tile is decorated with floral patterns and shapes. This kind of tile seems to be very popular in the 15th and 16th centuries of the Iranian Islamic world. The relief decoration is moulded and unglazed while the ground is glazed in blues with black underglaze and covered with a clear overglaze. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Star-shaped tile with molded floral design
1400 – 1599
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.135
This Persian manuscript leaf is attributed to the 17th century Safavid period. Its format consists of two sections of calligraphy and a miniature (painted scene) in the middle. The painted scene features a grassy landscape with a mounted soldier and two standing figures. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Faramurz taken Prisoner, Shah-nameh of Ferdowski
17th century
Gift of Dr. Richard Ettinghausen presented in honor of Professor Oleg Grabar
1965/1.180
Baked clay plate with vegetal motif. Paste is a gray-white porcelain, glaze is glossy with a few cracks. The plate was fired upright and contains cobalt on light gray-white colors. The plate is attributed to Kerman of the Safavid period. The swirling treatment of the vegetal forms reflect the Persian adaptation of Chinese wares that occured in this area. Also attributed to Kerman is the dark blue color used to define the painted areas without the hardegded precision of other production centers.
Iranian (Iranian)
Plate with vegetal design
1600 – 1799
Museum Purchase
1957/1.95
This is a Persian interpretation of a Chinese type which can be dated on the basis of shape--that aspect which the Near Eastern potter chose to adopt. The polygonal alteration of the rim was a late 16th century development in the Chinese tradition. The well-defined scenes and foliage of he Far Eastern model have been more impressionistically rendered and the vocabulary of vegetal forms has been drastically reduced. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Octagonal Plate
17th century
Museum Purchase
1957/1.87
This vase is in the baluster shape and has a fine turquoise blue crackled glaze. It has been broken in many pieces and restored. The composition of the body is in line with typical pottery techniques found in major centers of the Iranian Islamic world which utilized a frit body covered with glaze. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Vase
1500 – 1699
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.128
The unglazed ewer consists of two parts: a bulbous body with narrow, well-defined foot ring and short columnar neck; and a spout joined in the form of an anmial's head. A handle extends from the base of the head to the shoulder of the body. Around the upper part of the body runs an Arabic verse in Naskhi script. The moulded relief inscription is set against a background of floral scrolls. The meter is Tawil: (translated) Behold, poverty hopes for wealth, while wealth fears poverty." The verse appears in the 'Iqd al-Farid, compiled by Ibn 'Abd Rabbihi, who attributes it to 'Ali. The column above the body narrows to form a shoulder, on which the head has been set. The head is a cone, the narrow end of which serves as the animal's nose and has a small hole for pouring out the contents of the ewer. Over the base of the cone jut two pointed ears. Two loops are fastened below them to the shoulder of the neck. Small discs, serving as eyes, have been applied in the front of the ears. The hole for insertion of the liq
Iranian (Iranian)
Squat bottle with everted rim
17th century
Museum Purchase
1957/1.90
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