Plate with a picture of a youth
MKG Museum for Art and Industry
Hegira 1085-1111 / late 17th century
Fritware; cobalt blue under the glaze; Kubachi ware
Height: 6.7cm, Diameter: 32.3cm
Made during the Safavid period, this blue-and-white bowl depicts a young man surrounded by grape vines and a floral pattern. The figure wears a turban (mandīl) and holds a drinking bowl and a vessel in his hands.
The design is influenced by a new type of Chinese porcelain, consisting of cobalt blue painting on a white surface, which reached the Middle East in the 14 century. The production of these Chinese-influenced objects continued well into the eighteenth century. As with this dish, the objects can bear close resemblance to Chinese originals. As a typical Persian depiction, however, the motif of this specific bowl reflects local painting styles and is found in Iranian miniature painting from the 16th to the 18th century. Based on its style, it can be assumed that this bowl belongs to the so-called Kubachi ware group. The name refers to a small town in Dagestan in the Caucasus region where a corpus of glazed pottery was found without any reference to their origin or provenance. As a result of petrographic examinations, some of those objects can now be located to Samarkand and Nishapur (for further information see Fehervari 2000 pp. 271-291).
The bowl has features specific to the Safavid period.
Purchased in 1956 with funds from the Campe's Art Historical Foundation.
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"Plate with a picture of a youth" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;de;Mus21;1;en&id=porcelain
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