Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.50.113
Title
Small Multi-Necked Vase
Classification
Lighting Devices
Work Type
lighting device
Date
20th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/147859
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pinkish fritware, pierced, under turquoise (copper) transparent alkali glaze with black overpaint
Dimensions
14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.)
Provenance
[Hadji Baba Rabbi House of Antiquities, Teheran, 1970], sold; to Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (1970-2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.50.113
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Three miniature vases are attached to the pear-shaped body of this wide-mouthed vessel. The primary neck is elaborated by a band of triangular cutouts, which are filled with the turquoise glaze that covers the body of the vase and ends in thick drips just above the foot ring. Several aspects of the vase are atypical: it is unusually small, the mouths of the smaller vases are filled with glaze, and the ceramic fabric is uncommonly soft for fritware.

Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
137

Small multi-necked vase
Probably Iran, 20th century[1]
Pinkish fritware, pierced, under turquoise (copper) transparent alkali glaze with black overpaint
14.8 × 10.5 cm (5 13/16 × 4 1/4 in.)
2002.50.113

Three miniature vases are attached to the pear-shaped body of this wide-mouthed vessel. The primary neck is elaborated by a band of triangular cutouts, which are filled with the turquoise glaze that covers the body of the vase and ends in thick drips just above the foot ring. Several aspects of the vase are atypical: it is unusually small, the mouths of the smaller vases are filled with glaze, and the ceramic fabric is uncommonly soft for fritware.[2]

Mary McWilliams

[1] The vase was last fired within the past 100 years, according to the results of thermoluminescence analysis carried out by Oxford Authentication Ltd. in 2011.
[2] See, for example, larger examples of this type in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (48.1278), and in the Khalili Collection, London (POT525): Grube 1994, 184–85, cat. 191.

Publication History

Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), p. 266, cat. 137, ill.

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