Bowl with Fish Motifs

Object Name: Bowl

Date: first half 14th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Stonepaste; molded and glazed

Dimensions: H. 5in. (12.7 cm) Diam. 1 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Mrs. Horace Havemeyer, in memory of her husband, Horace Havemeyer, 1959

Accession Number: 59.60


Ilkhanid-period potters in Iran imitated the range of green glazes of imported Chinese celadon wares, though they did not always succeed in duplicating their colors. This bowl is one of the more accomplished attempts. Its color, shape and decoration of three playful fish relate closely to wares produced in the kilns of Longquan, China during the Song period (960–1279).