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Bulb-shaped bottle fragment

Accession Number

Bulb-shaped bottle fragment


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
17th century

Medium & Support
earthenware with glaze

7 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. ( 19.05 cm x 13.97 cm x 13.97 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase

Subject matter
See physical description. 

Physical Description
This fragment was possibly a waster since it does not have a firm base, nor does the glaze complement or enhance the faint design painted underneath. The first band of spiked forms immediately below the borken neck seems closer to the later 16th century Chinese derivatives. The second band is a Persian adaptation of numerous related designs which hang down from a border or protrude up from a base line. This border may be compared to the floral patterns on Kirman ceramics--the combination of narrow vines or stems and large leaf forms. The unusual effect of the glaze may be a common error in the firing of an iron based dull green glaze used for the Kirmani 'celadon'. It therefore seems logical that this piece is from 17th century Kirman. 

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Safavid pottery styles
ceramic ware (visual works)
floral patterns
geometric patterns

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 )
Medicines and Remedies
(Part of: History of Medicine - American Association of Historians of Medicine (AAHM))

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