Deep bowl with medallion design

Accession Number

Deep bowl with medallion design


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
17th century

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

3 1/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. ( 8 cm x 14 cm x 14 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase

Subject matter
This Safavid period ceramic bowl contains unique floral "rug" designs that decorate the exterior as well as on the interor base. The patterns are painted in cobalt blue on ivory ground, a combination which is generally attributed to the penchant for Chinese style pottery and designs during the Safavid period. Chinese-inspired blue and white ceramicware, tiles and even metalwork were produced heavily during the Safavid period in Iran. 

Physical Description
This deep footed bowl comes from the 17th century Safavid period in Iran. The bowl features an ivory ground with a glossy glaze and blue and black underglaze painting. Cobalt blue floral rug designs cover the exterior of the bowl and  a cobalt blue medallion is found on the interior base.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Chinese ceramics styles
Chinese painting styles
Iranian Islamic painting styles after the Mongols
Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Iranian Islamic styles after the Mongols
Oriental rugs
Safavid (Iranian Islamic styles )
Safavid painting styles
Safavid pottery styles
blue-and-white (ceramic glaze)
bowls (vessels)
ceramic ware (visual works)
cobalt blue (color)
medallions (ornament areas)

4 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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