Plate with radial design

Accession Number

Plate with radial design


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
fritware with blue underglaze painting

2 1/4 in x 11 in x 11 in (5.7 cm x 27.94 cm x 27.94 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
"This plate is an example of the Persian ceramist's enthusiasm for the Chinese mode of pottery. It seems to be a derivative of a Chinese type which is the epitome of 'export porcelain', having been a distinct category of 16th century blue and white known to have been shipped as far as Portugal and Holland. It is also well represented in the vast collection of ceramics established in Ardabil by Shah Abbas in 1611."

Physical Description
"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." 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Safavid (Iranian Islamic styles )
Safavid pottery styles
blue-and-white (ceramic glaze)
ceramic ware (visual works)
household objects
plates (general, dishes)
seventeenth century (dates CE)

3 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
Cobalt & Blue
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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