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Dish Depicting a Coiled Dragon

Arts of the Islamic World

MEDIUM Ceramic; stone paste, painted in cobalt blue under a transparent colorless glaze
  • Place Made: Iran
  • DATES late 17th century
    DYNASTY Safavid
    PERIOD Safavid Period
    DIMENSIONS Diam. 16 5/16 in. (41.4 cm) Diam at foot: 8 11/16 in. (22.1 cm) H. 2 15/16 in. (7.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large plate with a low wide foot, a rounded marly and a narrow spreading rim. Cream white porcelaineous ware covered with a white slip and a transparent colorless glaze which stops on the foot and covers the base, and decorated on the cavetto with a circular medallion enclosing a curious version of a Chinese dragon, set open a field of an all-over pattern of floral and arabesque tracery and on the marly with repeat pendant trefoil medallions, which enclose lotus leaves and stylized lotus flowers and are connected with scalloped bands, from which hang lotus flowers and tassels, all in a pale blue under the glaze. The rim has a border of jasmine flower vines and the back is decorated with wavy vines of foliated arabesques and lotus flowers in underglaze blue. The base has an indistinct potter's mark in underglaze blue and the foot is chipped.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Dish Depicting a Coiled Dragon, late 17th century. Ceramic; stone paste, painted in cobalt blue under a transparent colorless glaze, Diam. 16 5/16 in. (41.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.33. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.33_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 11.33_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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