Description & Technical information

This 17th century Safavid dish has seven petal panels that cover the flange and well, with an alternating design of Kraak flowers and a pair of insects; one panel has an emblem. The dividers have knotted ribbons. A seven bracket Kraak frame of Chinese inspired clouds encloses a scene of a running deer looking backwards on a mound with rocks and grass. The rocky landscape has two trees and three insects in the background. Above them, a Kraak cloud formation.  The outer flange is divided into ten bracketed panels with cross patterns of dots. Two scrolling branches are painted on the outer well with motifs made of dots in between. There is a pseudo Chinese mark on the base. 
For similar examples, see Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum numbers 451-1878 and 2815-1876. See also Yolanda Crowe, Persia and China. Safavid Blue and White Ceramics in the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1501-1738. (London, 2002), fig. 25 p. 62; fig. 30 p. 64; fig. 58 p. 74; fig. 135 p. 112: fig. 136 p. 113.   

Stock no.: A4768

Period:  Safavid, 17th century
Origin:  Iran
Medium: Ceramic decorated with underglaze cobalt blue
Dimensions: 36 cm (14¹/₈ inches)