June 30, 1300
Art and Calligraphy
Iran, probably Sultanabad
Fritware with underglaze-painted design
Diameter: 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.); Overall: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.591
Sultanabad wares were the first new type of pottery made in Iran after the Mongol conquest. These underglaze painted wares are characterized by a somber color scheme of gray, black, and white. The name "Sultanabad" comes from the modern city near which they were first discovered. This type of pottery was widely exported, perhaps even imitated, for it has been excavated over a vast area from central Asia to Egypt.