A bowl from the Timurid period (1370-1507), Iran

This hemispherical bowl belongs to a series of wares made from the second half of the fifteenth through the seventeenth century and now known as Kubachi, from the name of the town in the Caucasus where many of these pieces were found in the nineteenth century. This bowl is one of a rare early group in the series characterized by a design of ogee panels encircling a central roundel—all of which bear vegetal motifs—reserved on a black ground distinguished by incised, predominantly spiral designs. A brilliant turquoise glaze covers the entire bowl. The four known dated pieces of this group range from 1469 to 1495. They constitute the only three-dimensional ceramic objects that can be securely placed in fifteenth-century Iran.

(Metropolitan Museum)


Set of Persian pottery, from 13th to 17th century. 

1. Bowl with Central Fish Motif. Date: 13th century, Iran, Kashan. Stonepaste; incised and polychrome painted under transparent glaze

2. A turquoise-glazed kubachi dish, Persia, 16th- 17th century.

3. Safavid dish with rosette design Iran, Kirman (?), mid to late 17th century Stonepaste with incised design through a blue ground under a transparent, colorless glaze Diam. 42 cm; H. 7.5 cm Musée du Louvre,