Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics

This vase is in the baluster shape and has a fine turquoise blue crackled glaze. It has been broken in many pieces and restored. The composition of the body is in line with typical pottery techniques found in major centers of the Iranian Islamic world which utilized a frit body covered with glaze. 
stoneware with iridescent turquoise glaze
5 1/2 in. x 4 in. x 4 in. ( 13.97 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm )
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
This star-shaped ceramic tile is decorated with floral patterns and shapes. This kind of tile seems to be very popular in the 15th and 16th centuries of the Iranian Islamic world. The relief decoration is moulded and unglazed while the ground is glazed in blues with black underglaze and covered with a clear overglaze. 
Star-shaped tile with molded floral design
earthenware with blue underglaze painting
8 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. x 13/16 in. ( 22.54 cm x 22.54 cm x 2 cm )
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
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.
Deep bowl with medallion design
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 )
Museum purchase
This plate has a central gazelle motif in white against a blue background. The paste is a light tan "Islamic II" while the glaze is glossy with wide crackle. The plate was fired upright. It is composed of a now faded cobalt color on a light green-white ground and is iridescent. The plate is attributed to the Safavid period in Iran.
Plate fragment with design of a white gazelle against a blue ground
fritware with blue underglaze painting
1 3/16 in. x 8 in. x 8 in. ( 3 cm x 20.3 cm x 20.3 cm )
Museum purchase
This glazed plate is attributed to the Safavid period in Iran. The interior decoration consists of yellow splashes on a glossy red-brown glaze. 
Plate with deep red-brown glaze spashed with yellow (cracked)
earthenware with brown glaze splashed with yellow
1 1/4 in. x 9 in. x 9 in. ( 3.18 cm x 22.86 cm x 22.86 cm )
Museum Purchase
"Produced in the Wan Li era (1573-1619), the Chinese prototypes are more tightly controlled and more elaborate that the museum's Persian version. In place of nine rim panels in the Far Eastern piece our bowl has four, more widely dispersed over the rim area and enclosing loosely executed foliate forms. The elaborate scene usually appearing in the center of such bowls here is reduced to a simple bouqet, now in part reconstruction." 
Plate with radial design
fritware with blue underglaze painting
2 1/4 in x 11 in x 11 in (5.7 cm x 27.94 cm x 27.94 cm)
Museum Purchase
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This Ilkhanid eight-pointed star tile employs the Kashan style that originates in Iran. A crane/phoenix-type bird flies amongst floral decorations. The outer perimeter is decorated with a cursive script. The script may either be Qur'anic verse (Arabic) or a Shahnama verse (Persian book of Kings). (updated)
Star-shaped Tile with flying crane among flowers
fritware with blue underglaze painting and brown luster overglaze painting
8 1/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. x 13/16 in. ( 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm x 2 cm )
Museum Purchase
This dish contains incised floral decoration and was made with white slip with purple and turquoise underglaze, and finally glazed in a very light transparent blue. The bowl has been glued together in three pieces around the rim, with restoration also evident around the rim. 
Shallow bowl with bands of turquoise glaze and central floral pattern
fritware with turquoise glaze
3 1/8 in. x 13 11/16 in. x 13 11/16 in. ( 8 cm x 34.8 cm x 34.8 cm )
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
"Object EFS-105 is a 14th century Mongolian-influenced Sultanabad work. The body of the object is a pinkish-tan while the outside is covered with painted blue tinge. The central motif is a spotted lion [leopard]. Stylized birds circle the inside of the object against a naturalistically conceived floral area. The object has been re-pieced extensively. <br /><br />
This object bears the characteristic hemispherical shape of Sultanabad work, and its rendering of the birds and floral motif indicate the Chinese influence of the 14th century. The animal and birds are outlined in black. It follows the general color scheme and motifs of the Sultanabad wares of the 14th century. <br /><br />
The object is 4 inches high and has a diameter of 8 inches. The lion [leopard] is rendered with the Iranian sensitivity and perceptiveness. This object was probably highlighted with white slip."
Bowl with Bird and Flower Designs
earthenware with glaze
3 15/16 in. x 8 7/16 in. x 8 7/16 in. ( 10 cm x 21.4 cm x 21.4 cm )
Museum Purchase
This fragment of a Mongol Islamic bowl comes from 14th century Iran. The side design features a kneeling person with a bottle, while the side panels have leopards and floral decoration. <br />
Colors included are cobalt, turquoise, green, and dark geen-gray on a cream-tan ground. The fragment is about one-third of the original bowl.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Bowl Fragment with Figural Designs
earthenware with glaze
3 1/2 in. x 15 13/16 in. x 8 in. ( 8.89 cm x 40.13 cm x 20.32 cm )
Museum Purchase
A 14th century Mongol period pharmacy jar from the Sultanabad region. The albarello is a contracted cylinder with a converging neck and has a conventionalized inscription with a stag and gazelle design. Floral designs fill the space while the lower body is fluted. All the decorative patterns were done in low relief. Paste is a light tan "Islamic II", while the glaze is glossy with fine crackle. The object was fired upright. Colors include heavy iridescent patina, gray-green, light grayish-white ground and light purplish gray. The object has been restored. 
Albarello (Pharmacy Jar)
composite ceramic body with gray, blue and black underglaze
5 in. x 10 3/4 in. x 10 3/4 in. ( 12.7 cm x 27.31 cm x 27.31 cm )
Museum purchase
This Mina'i ware bowl profile fragment features painting in blue, black, white, green, and red over turquoise glaze. Two confronted horesman and conventionalized inscriptions near the rim are the main decorative features.<br /><br />
Mina'i ware bowl fragment with confronting equestrian figures
fritware, underglaze turquoise, overglaze enamels
3 3/8 in. x 5 1/16 in. x 6 1/4 in. ( 8.5 cm x 12.8 cm x 15.8 cm )
Museum Purchase


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108 Collection Object Sources

Vase (1972/2.128)
Bowl (1957/1.59)
Plate (1957/1.65)
Lobed Chalice (1948/1.116)
Bowl (1972/2.144)
Pitcher (1972/2.142)
Faceted bottle (1961/1.182)
Plate (1957/1.97)
Bowl (1972/2.143)
Octagonal Plate (1957/1.87)
Vase (1972/2.140)
Plate (1957/1.91)
Bird (1961/1.190)
Bottle (1972/2.149)
Small dish (1973/2.39)
Lobed jar with lid (1972/2.129A)
Pitcher (1972/2.151)
Tile (1997/1.257)
Bowl - 9 fragments (1961/1.188A-I)
Bowl (1957/1.72)
Tile (1997/1.255)
Akbar's Bounty (2002/2.166)
Shallow Dish (1972/2.119)
Bowl (1972/2.130)
Cup (1961/1.192)
Plate (1957/1.52)
Tile (1972/2.136)
Lobed Jar with Lid (1972/2.129B)
Covered Bowl 95-29 (2002/2.165A&B)
Globular jar (1972/2.150)

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