Persian Blue Glaze Engraved Design Flat Jar | Iran, 13-14C

A blue glaze jar excavated in Iran. It seems to be from the Ilkhanate, but it looks like a flat jar found in China and the Korean Peninsula. It is surprising that such a design was made in this region, but at that time it was a time when Mongolia was expanding its territory from east to west (Ilkhanate was a Middle Eastern part of the Mongol Empire), in which, it is quite possible that the circular flat jar was transmitted from the East.

Engraved Chinese character designs on both sides, which can be read as “魚行 – fish passes” and “鳥飛 – bird flies”. This may be a quotation from a passage in a Buddhist book called “Blue Cliff Record” (Zen Buddhist analects), “The water gets turbid when the fish passes, the feather falls when bird flies”. And it tells that Zen Buddhism was spread in Persia.

In addition, there is a description in a book in China from the 5th century called ‘洛陽伽藍記’ that the founder of the Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma, is from Persia. If that is the case, it can be infered that the teachings of Zen Buddhism have returned to Daruma’s hometown.

An extremely valuable work that tells us that the agitation of East-West culture caused by Mongolian has made Daruma’s homecoming a reality. There are no notable defects other than some small chips and glaze peeling.

W22cm × D12cm × H24cm
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