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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2006-04-28

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Although blue-and-white patterns in ceramics are associated with China, Islamic potters were the first to use cobalt-blue decoration. When commercial ties to China were reestablished during the fourteenth century, fine ceramics imported from the Far East, particularly blue-and-white, became extremely popular and greatly affected subsequent Islamic styles. This outstanding example from the Safavid period (1502-1722) is closely related to Chinese porcelains of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The foliate rim, tendril design of the cavetto, animal motif in the center, and continuous scroll bands all vaguely refer to Chinese designs.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009