Bowl with foliate Rim

Accession Number

Bowl with foliate Rim


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
17th century

Medium & Support
fritware (ground quartz and white clay) with blue underglaze painting

2 3/4 in. x 4 13/16 in. x 4 13/16 in. ( 7 cm x 12.2 cm x 12.2 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
See physical description. 

Physical Description
This bowl was modeled on a Chinese vessel of the late 16th century. Below the foliate rim there are six panels with horses in reseve against a background of waves and clouds. Following the system used on Chinese vessels the horses facing different directions are placed in alternation around the bowl. Small tassels hang from the center of each panel, but otherwise the middle zone of the exterior is free of decoration. Overlapping petals are found just above the foot. The internal decoration consists of a floral spray in the foot and eight half-medallions on the rim separated by eight tassels hanging from the rim. 


Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

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)
bowls (vessels)
foliage (motif)
riding horses (animals)

3 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
PAST - Horses
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )
Cobalt & Blue
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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