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Tamerlane's Tableware A New Approach to Chinoiserie Ceramics of Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Iran

A New Approach to Chinoiserie Ceramics of Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Iran

Lisa Golombek, Gauvin A. Bailey, Robert B. Mason

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Islamic Art & Architecture Series 6
Availability: In stock
Published: 1996
Page #: viii + 256
Size: 9 x 12
ISBN: 1-56859-043-1
plates, appendix, bibliography

 
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The practice of imitating Chinese blue-and-white porcelain in Iran began in the Timurid period (c. 1370-1505). Attempts to distinguish wares actually made in Iran during the 15th century failed because they depended on analysis of the decoration alone. Idiosyncrasies of individual workshops could not be distinguished, and the dates of Chinese models could serve only as broad guidelines. By analysis of materials from kilns and other evidence of manufacture, it is possible to characterize a center of production, and at times even distinguish separate workshops in the same center.

Lisa Golombek

Lisa Golombek

Gauvin A. Bailey

Gauvin A. Bailey
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Robert B. Mason

Dr. Robert Mason is an archaeologist, anthropologist, art-historian, geologist, and materials scientist whose experience and research has included study of the the art, technology, trade, and industry from the beginnings of time to the industrial revolution around the world. A particular area of specialisation is the material culture and archaeology of the Middle East and Europe during the Islamic and Mediaeval periods (roughly 500 AD to the present). Dr. Mason's archaeological fieldwork has been based in Syria since 1998, particularly in the citadel of Aleppo, and since 2004 at the monastery of St. Moses (Deir Mar Musa). The monastery, 90 km north of Damascus in the mountainous Syrian desert, is the focus of Dr. Mason's survey of the site and its environs, recording features possibly as early as the Neoloithic. Research at the monastery has led to a growing research interest in the archaeology of Christianity and monotheism generally in the Holy Land. Ceramics and vitreous materials are Mason's primary area of analytical research, particularly the high-technology glazed ceramics made in the Middle East between c. 650 and 1700 AD. Dr. Mason is in particular an authority in the application of petrographic analysis, a geological technique used to identify minerals, which is used to identify where the pottery was made. Robert Mason is also responsible for the ROM's collections database and provision of cataloguing for the Egyptian, Far Eastern, Textiles, Greek & Roman, and West Asian sections of the Department of World Cultures. Mason is appointed as an Associate Professor with the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Department at the University of Toronto.

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