Large Jar

Object Name: Jar

Date: dated A.H. 681/A.D. 1282–83

Geography: Made in Iran

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


Alighting birds and leaping quadrupeds in leafy foliage decorate the upper portion of this large, deep‑blue glazed jar. Scholars have likened these motifs to similar designs on Chinese silk tapestries, which were widely traded along the Silk Road between China and Iran at the time that this jar was made. The verses on this dated vessel suggest that it may have held wine or another type of beverage. They read: "Tumultuous air and boiling earth; Joyous is he whose heart is happy. Drink!"