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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Persian
Title:Jar with poetic inscriptions
Date Made:early 13th century (Seljuq Period, 1037–1196)
Type:Container
Materials:Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Place Made:Asia; Iran; Kashan
Measurements:Overall: 6 1/2 in x 3 7/8 in; 16.5 cm x 9.8 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2013.29.1
Credit Line:Purchase with the John Martyn Warbeke Art Fund
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Description:
Tall cylindrical form with a narrow neck and slightly flaring rim, painted in a golden luster on an opaque white glaze with bands of inscription alternately reserved and in luster. A band of roundels in the center contain stylized floral motifs against a background of scroll. The bottom band has a peacock-eye pattern.

Label Text:
Lustrous glazed ceramics like this one first appeared in 9th-century Iraq in imitation of more expensive silver and gold vessels. The refined calligraphy on this vessel comprises verses of romantic poetry and good wishes to the vessel’s owner. The poetic inscriptions and ornate vegetal designs rendered in shimmering gold-colored luster would have appealed to the wealthy middle class who could afford such luxury ceramics.

(2015)

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