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Bottle Depicting a Hunting Scene

Arts of the Islamic World

On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
MEDIUM Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue and black on an opaque white glaze
DATES first half 17th century
PERIOD Safavid
DIMENSIONS 11 1/2 × 8 1/4 × 5 1/4 in. (29.2 × 21 × 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
PROVENANCE Prior to 1933, provenance not yet documented; before 1933, acquired from an unidentified source by the Brooklyn Museum, acquisition method not documented.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Flask, flattened body, with a tall neck cut down. The surface of the flask is molded; it is painted under a discolored transparent glaze in cobalt blue with black outlines. The rough base is unglazed. The decoration is reserved on a blue ground and outlined in black. On one side stands a man with an animal round his shoulders; to the left, a woman kneels before him, offering him a cup. The man wears a European costume - a doublet with a ruff and a hat. The woman is more simply dressed in Persian style. Between the figure is a tray of fruit and a glass (?) flask. In the background are flowers and shrubs of different kinds, birds and cloud-scrolls. The other side is decorated with a hunting scene. A man in European costume fires at a hare (?) with his gun; on the right is a wounded crane. From his waist hangs a powder horn in the form of a bird's head and a bag. The background consists of flowers, leaves, and cloud-scrolls.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
CAPTION Bottle Depicting a Hunting Scene, first half 17th century. Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue and black on an opaque white glaze, 11 1/2 × 8 1/4 × 5 1/4 in. (29.2 × 21 × 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 34.6024. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.6024_side1_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE side, side 1, 34.6024_side1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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