Overview

A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics

This exhibition offers a beautiful and fascinating look at the diversity of ceramics made in ancient Persia (what is now present-day Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan). 

Produced for both the luxury and middle-class markets, these vessels, bowls, pitchers, and bottles reflect numerous cultural and artistic influences and an aesthetic sensibility that seems startlingly modern.

From 10th-century splashware, buffware and slip-painted ware to lusterware and 14th-century fritware, the objects illustrate the influence of Chinese porcelains, as well as typical Islamic abstraction, calligraphy, and imagery inspired by forms in nature. The works exemplify the sophistication of an urban culture that prospered from the Silk Road trade between the far and near east, and beyond to Europe.

Program Information

A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics

Dates: February 23, 2013 - June 16, 2013
Location: The Frick Art Museum
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