Jan 17, 2013
Jan 16, 2013

Dish

Dish

c. 1600

Fritware with underglaze design in black slip, Kubachi ware

Diameter: 34.2 cm (13 7/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.595

Location

Exhibition

Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation)

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Because many of these vessels were found in peasant houses in the town of Kubachi in the Caucasus, the name "Kubachi" ware was given to the entire group.

Description

This type of pottery is named after a town in the Caucasus, a region between the Black and Caspian Seas that encompasses modern-day Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and parts of southern Russia, where many of these objects were found. However, it is likely that Kubachi wares were produced in northwestern Iran using fritware, a ceramic that incorporates large amounts of crushed quartz into white clay. The use of black slip to paint designs under a turquoise glaze is striking and highlights the free-flowing floral motif.

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