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.
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