Iran or Central Asia
late 15th or early 16th century
stonepaste ware, decorated in reserve under a bright cobalt-blue glaze; silver collar a restoration
Although the shape of this flask was inspired by Chinese models, the almond-shaped medallions enclosed by confronted fishes on a ground of cloud scrolls are far removed from the decoration of Chinese blue-and-white wares. The scrolls may well have been inspired by contemporary Iranian Qur’an illumination in chinoiserie style.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.238, p.197.