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Iranian
Medicinal plants; Leaf from an Arabic translation of the "De Materia Medica," by Dioscorides
13th century
tempera on paper |
Museum Purchase
1957/2.1
A small stoneware bowl on a footring with an everted, flat rim. It is carved on the exterior to resemble lotus petals, and covered in a green celadon glaze. 
Chinese
Bowl
1127 – 1368
stoneware, glaze |
Gift of Mr. Jennis R. Galloway
1971/2.110
A conical deep bowl with missing rim section.
Iranian
Conical Bowl, imitating Chinese celadon wares
1300 – 1332
fritware with blue-green glaze |
Museum purchase
1957/1.71
"In these vessels pigments were applied within the lines of a pattern incised into the slip, and then the interior was covered with a colorless glaze and the exterior with a yellow-brown one." (pg. 38)
Iranian
Bowl with abstract design, glazed in imitation of Chinese sancai ware
13th century
amber, green, and brown glaze | fritware
Museum Purchase
1957/1.55
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. 
Iranian
Albarello (Pharmacy Jar)
14th century
composite ceramic body with gray, blue and black underglaze |
Museum purchase
1957/1.76
A porcelaneous stoneware rectangular pillow with rounded corners and a gently sloped and concave top surface.  It is painted with underglaze iron brown and copper green oxides in hexagonal and floral motifs, and covered in a straw colored glaze. 
Chinese
Pillow
618 – 906
porcelaneous stoneware, underglaze, glaze |
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1987/2.52
Indonesian
Head of a Buddha
10th century
andesite stone |
Gift of Mark and Iuliana Phillips
2001/2.129
Footed stoneware bowl with tenmoku 'oil spot' glaze and unglazed foot.  The bowl black tenmoku glaze blends to brown at the flared rim.
Hara Masao
Tea bowl with flaring rim
1975 – 1980
stoneware with "oil spot" tenmoku glaze |
Gift of Mr. Masao Hara
1980/2.164
A round, coarse saggar with broken edges, fused to a fragment of a light grey stoneware bowl covered in a dark brown-black glaze with russet and ochre hare's fur mottling (兔毫盏 <em>tuhao zhan</em>). 
Chinese
Saggar
12th century
glaze, stoneware, coarse refractory ceramic clay |
Transfer from the School of Art and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning
1997/1.289
This glazed ceramic bowl with circular shape is typical of the Kashan style ceramicware from Iran. The interior features green foliage patterns, and a turquoise blue spotted donkey amidst blossoms within a blue medallion. The medallion has blue, turquoise blue, and green striped patterns. The exterior has blue and green floriated pseudo-Kufic designs<br /><br />
 
Iranian
Bowl with striped and arabesque designs
14th century
blue and turquoise underglaze painting | fritware (ground quartz and white clay)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.154
This porcelain jar tapers to a base with a recessed foot ring, and has wide, softly rounded shoulders leading up to a wide neck. It is painted with underglaze cobalt blue to depict a key-fret border around the neck, with banana leaf lappets around the shoulder, and two <em>qilin</em> (麒麟) in a mountainous landscape with <em>lingzhi</em>-shaped clouds. It is covered in a clear glaze, and has an unmarked base. 
Chinese
Jar
1573 – 1620
porcelain, underglaze, glaze |
Gift of Stuart and Barbara Hilbert
2009/2.109
A blue and white platter. White porcellanous body with painting in blue under a clear glaze slightly tinged with blue-green.
Ali ibn al-Hajj Muhammad
Platter with an inscription from a Hadith [a saying of the Prophet Muhammad], signed by Ali ibn al-Hajj Muhammad
1600 – 1799
fritware, underglaze, glaze |
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.158

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