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Polychrome Dish with Peaches - LO.755
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 16 th Century CE to 17 th Century CE
Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) depth
Collection: Islamic Art
Style: Islamic
Medium: Glazed Earthenware

Additional Information: AS
Location: Great Britain
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Thrown, stonepaste dish of shallow form with white slip over whole and polychrome decoration in black, green, red and blue under clear, crackled alkali glaze; rosette at centre against metallic green ground; cavetto with five split palmette radiates each with fauna spray at centre and peach spray between. Repaired from fragments. This dish can most likely be assigned to a group known as ‘Kubachi’ wares, so-called for the town in which they were discovered yet, not necessarily made. For years, Scholars remained in the dark as to the date and origin of these mystery wares although, assumed they were produced in the same workshop given the homogenous nature of their decoration. More recently, the Royal Ontario Museum finally solved the mystery and Samarkand or Nishapur were put forward as the most likely provenances. Further study, useful in ascertaining the date of this piece, revealed that by 16th century the decoration of ‘Kubachi’ wares had become polychrome - green, yellow and red were added to the existing palette of blue and black. Extant examples were assigned specifically to the reign of Shah Abbas the Great. The decorative formula seen here is strikingly similar to a dish presently on display in the Wirth Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum that has been attributed to Isfahan. The irrefutable similarities between the two suggest this plate can be assigned a similar provenance. It is thought that these vessels imitate Chinese Kraak-ware – the Silk Route had for centuries brought Muslim lands into contact with Chinese culture. For similar, cf. Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum (I.B.Tauris, London 2000) P. 275 No.334 - (LO.755)


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