- Museum number
Bottle, cut down. Made of blue, white glazed pottery. The vessel has a pyriform body on a splayed profiled foot with a convex moulding at the junction of the body and the neck. It is painted in underglaze cobalt blue with a series of horizontal registers: the lowest, widest register with spirals scrolls with attached leaves and hooks between double line borders with a cable band below; an upper register with a band of scrolling foliage with florets and trefoil terminals and another similar band at the neck. The moulded collar with an inscription in Armenian with the date March 1529 and another spiral inscription on the base (see below) both under the glaze. Neck cut down and with rivet marks indicating that the piece was once affixed with a metal mount.
- Production date
- 18 March 1529
Diameter: 11.30 centimetres (base)
Diameter: 16.50 centimetres (max)
Height: 22.20 centimetres (present)
- Curator's comments
- Inscription (on base and on collar band) both under the glaze, in Armenian on base bolorgir: T()r Martiros xapar xrkeccy Ankureay es surahi.tcolban Kcotcays (sur)rb A (stua) cacin vankc is (Tr Martiros sent word from Ankara: AMay this water bottle be an object of Kcotcays for this monastery of the Holy Mother of God) Kcotcays evidently means Athis here Kütahay@, which makes the inscription crucial evidence for the manufacture of the bottle there T()r. On collar T()r Martiros yepiskaypos: xapar xrkecc i Kcotcays grveccays surahin (Bishop Tr Martiros sent word to Kcotcays (this Kutahya here): AMay the Holy Mother of God intercede for you: send one water bottle (surahi) here. May Tr Martiros receive it in peace. In the year 978 (1529 AD) on 18 March this water bottle was inscribed. Here the fact that the inscription is also under the glaze is crucial.
- On display (G43/dc1)
- Exhibition history
2001 2 Mar-27 May, London, The British Library, 'Treasures from the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian Art'
- Body cracked, crazed and discoloured; foot heavily chipped.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 35 (on attached label)
Miscellaneous number: Godman 16