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Octagonal Plate

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Octagonal Plate


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
17th century

Medium & Support
earthenware with glaze

1 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. ( 3.2 cm x 19 cm x 19 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

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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Safavid (Iranian Islamic styles )
Safavid pottery styles
blue-and-white (ceramic glaze)
ceramic ware (visual works)
floral patterns
household objects
plates (general, dishes)
porcelain (visual works)

5 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
PAST - Family Art Studio    
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )
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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