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Plate with tri-colored glaze

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Plate with tri-colored glaze


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
10th century

Medium & Support
fritware (ground quartz and white clay) with green, amber, and deep purple glaze

1 3/4 in. x 10 5/16 in. x 10 5/16 in. ( 4.5 cm x 26.2 cm x 26.2 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
This plate is a fine example of the influence of Tang dynasty China on the potters of Iran. The Chinese model for this work, known as sancai, or three-colored ware, use three different colors of glaze on a white stoneware body. Here, the Iranian potters have achieved three different colors and keeping them separate in firing—a difficult task.

Physical Description
'Ueberlauf' on rim running design, in center a blossom; paste: buff, fine, medium-hard; glaze: glossy, fine crackle top glaze, over cream slip on interior and exterior except bottom part. Fired upside down (tripod on interior) and upright. Colors are green, yellow, aubergine, green-white. Slightly restored.

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Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Islamic (culture or style)
Samanid pottery styles
ceramic ware (visual works)
household objects
luster glaze

4 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
The Ceramic Road: Cultural Exchange in Asian Ceramics
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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