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For the sixteenth century the idiosyncrasies of the shapes of dishes seem related to particular workshops and, possibly, to sequence, even though the models were Chinese. The dishes and bowls for the seventeenth century up until the last quarter of the seventeenth century are presented with dating based only on stylistic characteristics. During the last quarter of the century through to the end of Safavid rule, new shapes emerge within workshops producing lustre and monochrome wares, and the bases of these often have features that distinguish them. This chapter presents drawings of some of the lustre-painted bottles, along with sketches based on photographs. The drawings may help to distinguish Safavid bottles from those of other periods. Where possible the authors indicate to which Phase of the seventeenth century the drawn object has been attributed. They use the same approach in presenting the drawings of vases, jars, qalyans, and spittoons.

Keywords: bottle shapes; lustre-painted bottles; monochrome wares; Safavid rule



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