Dish with fabulous beasts, Iran

Dish with fabulous beasts, Iran

Dish with fabulous beasts
Iran
1666-74
Fritware, painted before glazing
Museum no. 2808-1876

After 1600, Iran produced large quantities of blue-and-white dishes for domestic use and export. As the materials and techniques for making porcelain were not available, the Iranians instead made the dishes from fritware, which was composed of ground quartz and small quantities of white clay and ground glass.

The decoration freely interprets Chinese themes. Unusually, the rim and curve are united as a single band of decoration.