Large Jar

Object Name: Jar

Date: dated A.H. 681/A.D. 1282–83

Geography: Made in Iran

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Stonepaste; monochrome glazed, modeled

Dimensions: H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm)
Diam. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Horace Havemeyer, 1956

Accession Number: 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!"