Art and craft from Iran

From 1855, objects from Iran were collected to inspire manufacturers and designers in Britain. From metalwork, to ceramics, to textiles, these items represented good examples of workmanship, to be studied for the way they were made and decorated. National Museums Scotland continues to collect Iranian art and craft, focussing on technical and artistic innovation. We look for artworks or objects which reveal intellectual ideas and help understand the dynamics of social processes in these cultures.
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Circular tray of silver with a chased pattern of stylized floral motifs and animals, hallmarked on the front: Middle East, Iran, probably Isfahan, 1920s-1940s.

Circular tray of silver with a chased pattern of stylized floral motifs and animals, hallmarked on the front: Middle East, Iran, probably Isfahan, 1920s-1940s.

Bottle of milky-clear mould-blown glass, with a long curved neck with a pattern of fine twisted ribs and stylized funnel-shaped mouth drawn to a point on one side, the globular body is decorated with a row of almond or tear-drop shaped projections representing cypress trees, and rests on a knopped stem with a circular foot: Middle East, Iran, 19th century.

Bottle of milky-clear mould-blown glass, with a long curved neck with a pattern of fine twisted ribs and stylized funnel-shaped mouth drawn to a point on one side, the globular body is decorated with a row of almond or tear-drop shaped projections representing cypress trees, and rests on a knopped stem with a circular foot: Middle East, Iran, 19th century.

Perfume sprinkler of translucent blue glass, with long narrow neck that tapers to a constricted mouth, a globular body on a wide projecting base, and four applied handles attached to shoulder and lower neck: Middle East, Iran, 19th century.

Perfume sprinkler of translucent blue glass, with long narrow neck that tapers to a constricted mouth, a globular body on a wide projecting base, and four applied handles attached to shoulder and lower neck: Middle East, Iran, 19th century.

Ewer of light green glass with a squat globular body resting on a low splayed foot, a tall cylindrical neck flaring towards a wide circular mouth and decorated with fine spiral lines, a narrow spout with a broken tip, six applied handles attached around the body and attached to the base of the neck: probably Middle East, Iran, 19th century.

Ewer of light green glass with a squat globular body resting on a low splayed foot, a tall cylindrical neck flaring towards a wide circular mouth and decorated with fine spiral lines, a narrow spout with a broken tip, six applied handles attached around the body and attached to the base of the neck: probably Middle East, Iran, 19th century.

Eight-pointed star tile, the central field decorated in reserve with lustred arabesque design, around the border an inscription band in large cursive script, painted in lustre and cobalt blue on an opaque white glaze: Middle East, Iran, 14th century.

Eight-pointed star tile, the central field decorated in reserve with lustred arabesque design, around the border an inscription band in large cursive script, painted in lustre and cobalt blue on an opaque white glaze: Middle East, Iran, 14th century.

Inkwell of transparent yellowish glass with iriscedent surface; a tube with flattened circular rim inserted into the cylindrical vessel to prevent the ink from splashing; rounded shoulder with four looped trails; base flat: Middle East, Iran, 9th-11th century.

Inkwell of transparent yellowish glass with iriscedent surface; a tube with flattened circular rim inserted into the cylindrical vessel to prevent the ink from splashing; rounded shoulder with four looped trails; base flat: Middle East, Iran, 9th-11th century.

Dish, polychrome underglaze painted pottery with a symmetrical floral design and with a rock and wave motif on the rim, based on the design of a 16th century dish from Iznik: Middle East, Iran, probably Isfahan, c1897.

Dish, polychrome underglaze painted pottery with a symmetrical floral design and with a rock and wave motif on the rim, based on the design of a 16th century dish from Iznik: Middle East, Iran, probably Isfahan, c1897.

Zoroastrian bridal tunic, or qamis, of cotton, embroidered in silk and cotton with muticoloured boteh motifs: Middle East, Iran, Yazd, probably early 20th century.

Zoroastrian bridal tunic, or qamis, of cotton, embroidered in silk and cotton with muticoloured boteh motifs: Middle East, Iran, Yazd, probably early 20th century.

Silk bonnet woven in different colours with a design of lobed panels framing a young woman seated among trees, with an inscription in Persian, by Mu'in Musawwir: Middle East, Iran, dated Sha'ban 1056 AH/ September 1646 AD.

Silk bonnet woven in different colours with a design of lobed panels framing a young woman seated among trees, with an inscription in Persian, by Mu'in Musawwir: Middle East, Iran, dated Sha'ban 1056 AH/ September 1646 AD.

Coppered brass plaque depicting a seated figure on horseback holding a bird in his right hand, one of forty nine plaques engraved with figure subjects, many illustrating characters and incidents from the Shahnama or Book of Kings by Firdousi: Middle East, Iran, 1850-1900.

Coppered brass plaque depicting a seated figure on horseback holding a bird in his right hand, one of forty nine plaques engraved with figure subjects, many illustrating characters and incidents from the Shahnama or Book of Kings by Firdousi: Middle East, Iran, 1850-1900.

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