Large Dish With Flying Cranes
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2005.83
Title
Large Dish with Flying Cranes
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1620
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Safavid period
Culture
Persian
Location
Level 2, Room 2550, Art from Islamic Lands
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Fritware with molded decoration and underglaze painting in cobalt blue
Technique
Underglazed, painted
Dimensions
7.5 x 41.7 cm (2 15/16 x 16 7/16 in.)
Provenance
Private collection, London. [Irene Momtaz, Momtaz Islamic Art, London, 2005], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2005.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gweneth Knight Memorial Fund
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
2005.83
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
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."
Publication History

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2004-2005 (Cambridge, MA, 2005), p. 14

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Art Museums" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2008), Unpublished, pp. 1-41 passim

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 85

Exhibition History

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

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted