Subject matter The octagonal plate has Chinese inspired folar designs and symbols on glossy porcelain. The colors, cobalt, purple-brown and white are attributes of the Safavid period predilection for Chinese pottery styles.
Physical Description 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.
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