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December 31, 1474
Cleveland Art
Art and Calligraphy
Sultan Husayn Bayqara 1470–1506




Dish c. 1475-1500 Spain, probably Valencia Tin-glazed earthenware with luster-painted design Diameter: 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.) Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1915.712 LOCATION 116 Islamic DESCRIPTION Pomegranates alternate with leaves amid a scrolling vegetal background around the rim. Granada, the southern Spanish city where the Alhambra palace is located, means pomegranate in Spanish. This dish, therefore, may have been made for use in the Islamic court of the Nasrid dynasty (1232–1492). A wine cup in the center evokes the pleasures of a feast. It could also have been appreciated by their Christian successors. According to the Treatise on Ceramics (1301), written by the Persian historian Abu’l Kasim: “That which has been evenly fired reflects like red gold and shines like the light of the sun.” This description resonates with the appearance of this fine lusterware dish. PROVENANCE ?-1915 Hinman B. Hurlbut [1819-1884], Cleveland, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art 1915- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH EXHIBITION HISTORY Al-Andalus: Art from Islamic Spain (Islamic art rotation). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 29, 2019-October 25, 2020).

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