Covered Jar (Albarello)

Object Name: Jar

Date: second half 13th–14th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Stonepaste; overglaze painted and leaf gilded (lajvardina)

Dimensions: H. 14 3/4in. (37.5cm)
H with cover: 14 3/4in. (37.5cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957

Accession Number: 57.61.12a, b


This covered jar exhibits a rare glaze type referred to as lajvardina, from the Persian word lajvard, or lapis lazuli (a deep blue colored stone containing gold inclusions). Its design comprises small squares of gold leaf, carefully arranged into intricate patterns with delicate red and white overpainting. Production of this type of glazed ware is limited to the Ilkhanid period in Iran. And the luxurious nature of this example suggests it was destined for wealthy patrons.