Iran in international museums Dish with Two Intertwined Dragons

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Dish with Two Intertwined Dragons


Dish with Two Intertwined Dragons
Object Name: Dish
Date: ca. 1640
Geography: Iran, Kirman
Culture: Islamic
Medium: Stonepaste; painted in blue under transparent glaze
Dimensions: H. 2 3/4in. (7cm) Diam. 17 1/4in. (43.8cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1965
Accession Number: 65.109.2  The Metropolitan Museum of Art  

Dish with Two Intertwined Dragons
In the seventeenth century, Iranian imitations of Chinese blue-and-white export porcelain increased markedly. Using a stonepaste body instead of porcelain, Safavid potters synthesized Chinese Ming idioms with local tastes and created vessels such as this dish. At the center, two intertwined dragons grapple with each other, forming a six‑pointed star against a concentric wave pattern. While in Chinese mythology the dragon is a beneficent symbol, in Iran it is a fearsome, poison‑breathing creature.

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