Fritware, monochrome glazed
H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Horace Havemeyer, 1956 (56.185.3)
The decoration of this glazed jar reflects the aesthetic of the Mongol period. The central register is filled with a dense and detailed landscape inhabited by animals and plants rendered with some degree of naturalism. The Persian inscription, which probably refers to the object as a large container for wine or koumiss (an alcoholic drink made from fermented mare's milk), reads: "Tumultuous air and boiling earth. Joyous is he whose heart is happy. Drink!"