Large Dish with Flying Cranes

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Large Dish with Flying Cranes, c. 1620
17th century
Safavid period
Creation Place: Iran
Fritware with molded decoration and underglaze painting in cobalt blue
7.5 x 41.7 cm (2 15/16 x 16 7/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gweneth Knight Memorial Fund
, 2005.83
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art
This is a large dish with upturned rim, fluted cavetto, and low, hollow foot ring. The center is painted in under-glaze cobalt blue with a design of four cranes amid clouds. There are three shades of blue, with the darkest used for outlines and stippling. The exterior or underside is sparely decorated with a peach spray. In the center of the foot ring is a faint "tassel mark."
Private collection, London. [Irene Momtaz, Momtaz Islamic Art, London, 2005], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2005.
Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2004-2005, (Cambridge, MA, 2005), p. 14

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 85

Jessica Chloros, "An Investigation of Cobalt Pigment on Islamic Ceramics at the Harvard Art Museums", (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2008), Unpublished, pp. 1-41 passim

Exhibition History
Re-View: Arts of India & the Islamic Lands, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/26/2008 - 06/01/2013