Dish

Dish

c. 1475-1500

Tin-glazed earthenware with luster-painted design

Diameter: 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.)

Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 488.1915

Description

Pomegranates alternate with leaves amid a scrolling vegetal background around the rim. Granada, the southern Spanish city where the Alhambra palace is located, means pomegranate in Spanish. This dish, therefore, may have been made for use in the Islamic court of the Nasrid dynasty (1232–1492). A wine cup in the center evokes the pleasures of a feast. It could also have been appreciated by their Christian successors.

According to the Treatise on Ceramics (1301), written by the Persian historian Abu’l Kasim: “That which has been evenly fired reflects like red gold and shines like the light of the sun.” This description resonates with the appearance of this fine lusterware dish.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.