Dish with Splashes of Green


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This dish displays two great technological advances of the 800s: the invention of opaque white glaze made with tin (imitating Chinese porcelain) and painting in cobalt blue. The blue paint was sometimes used to decorate the center of the bowl with floral and geometric designs, as seen here, or to write Arabic inscriptions offering blessings and well wishes. The green splashes around the rim reflect a popular color choice at the time. The splash effect was made by placing green glaze at the edge of the rim and then allowing it to run toward the center of the dish.

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  • Title: Dish with Splashes of Green
  • Date Created: 830–900
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.); Overall: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: (Dikran G. Kelekian [1867-1951], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1915.304
  • Medium: Earthenware with overglaze design
  • Department: Islamic Art
  • Culture: Iraq, Basra, Abbasid period (750–1258)
  • Credit Line: The Worcester R. Warner Collection
  • Collection: Islamic Art
  • Accession Number: 1915.304

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