06 February 2015

A pair of cranes

Iranian, 15th and 16th centuries - Islamic gallery, British Museum.

While looking for information on pottery in Iran, I found these delightful quails, which are in the Ashmolean in Oxford -
Blue and white wares from China reached the Middle East from the 14th century onwards, and were, of course, imitated - steadily produced until the 18th century - "Close imitations of Chinese originals were produced alongside more inventive interpretations, bringing together Chinese and Islamic patterns and shapes."

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