Rooster-headed ewer

Kashan, Iran, 13th century (Seljuq period)

Height 11 in. (28.6 cm)

This ewer belongs to a group decorated with bold cobalt blue stripes associated with Kashan. Although the pigment has a tendency to run, the potter controlled it masterfully, widening and tapering the stripe to accentuate the ewer’s form. Rooster‑headed ewers had a long tradition in Islamic art and were especially popular in the Seljuq period.

Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art