Ceramics - Bowl

Faience, medallion decorations executed in sgraffito technique
Size: Diameter: 37.5 cm
Origin and time: Kerman, Iran, 17th century
Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Inv. No. Or 0783

A particular variation of blue-white ceramics is assumed to have emerged in Kerman: using the sgraffito technique, scant patterns were incised into a thick blue glaze. The two medallions covered in arabesque decorations are the only ornaments of the bowl remarkably highlighted by the distinct color contrast. The few preserved objects of this ceramic category stand out through their precise decorations. It is believed that the blue background represents the sky.