This type of pottery is named after a town in the Caucasus, a region between the Black and Caspian Seas that encompasses modern-day Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and parts of southern Russia, where many of these objects were found. However, it is likely that Kubachi wares were produced in northwestern Iran using fritware, a ceramic that incorporates large amounts of crushed quartz into white clay. The use of black slip to paint designs under a turquoise glaze is striking and highlights the free-flowing floral motif.

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  • Title: Dish
  • Date Created: c. 1600
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 34.2 cm (13 7/16 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/1915.595
  • Medium: Fritware with underglaze design in black slip, Kubachi ware
  • Fun Fact: Because many of these vessels were found in peasant houses in the town of Kubachi in the Caucasus, the name "Kubachi" ware was given to the entire group.
  • Department: Islamic Art
  • Culture: Caucasus or northern Iran
  • Credit Line: Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust
  • Collection: Islamic Art
  • Accession Number: 1915.595

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