Vase

DATE:
11th–14th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Glazed ceramic
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
Height: 9 1/2 in. (24.13 cm) Diameter: 5 7/8 in. (14.923 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
303 ISLAMIC GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1963.25

General Description

The Islamic world took special interest in the production of ceramics. Iran was an important region of production, and many different types were produced in a number of centers from the 9th century onward. This vase has an opaque glaze, giving it a white ground modulated by a light brown color with several delicate streaks of blue. With its slender neck and bulbous base, it is the type of vessel that might have decorated the recessed niches of typical 12th-century Iranian houses. These niches were used to display luxury objects indicating the owner's wealth and status.

Adapted from

Catherine Asher, "Vase," in The Arts of India, South East Asia, and the Himalayas, Anne R. Bromberg (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), 149.