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made in Iran

Postcard of Dish.
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This small fritware dish was made in Iran between the late 13th or early 14th century. It is made of a paste composed of a little quantity of white clay, ground quartz and ground clear glass. It was fired with a heavy, dark cobalt-blue glaze. The decoration was then applied over the glaze.

The dish is small in size, circular with a low base, slightly sloping sides and everted rim. It is decorated with Chinese-inspired birds and foliage. Around the rim runs a frieze of pseudo-inscription.

This type of ware is known as 'lajvardina' ware. It was generally decorated with abstract or floral motifs only, and only rarely, like in this case, with Chinese-inspired animals. Tiles were also produced of this type and some are known to survive from the palace of Abaqa Khan on the Takht-i Suleiman in Iran.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-247-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1957.273
Date: Late 13th - early 14th century AD
Late 13th or early 14th century
Material: Fritware
Dimensions: 1.88" H x 7.75" D
Subject: Ceramics
Where: Middle East, Iran
Description: Dish of fritware with decoration of white, red and gold leaf applied above a dense cobalt-blue glaze, a frieze of pseudo-Kufi inscription runs round the rim: Persia, late 13th - early 14th century
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