Bringing a little floral delight to your Wednesday from #awondertobehold with today’s #objecthistory post!
In the Achaemenid Period, a technique similar to cloisonné was used to embellish architectural surfaces. Thin metal strips were applied to a brick to outline designs, creating borders that confined the liquid glaze and prevented different colors from bleeding into one another. This technique also allowed for the thick layering of pigment, which created deeper and more vibrant colors.
Three fragmentary bricks with palmette motif.
Achaemenid Period, ca. 559–331 BCE. Glazed siliceous material. Susa, Iran
(a) H. 8.6 cm; W. 21.4 cm; D. 12.6 cm; (b) H. 8.6 cm; W. 21.5 cm; D. 10.4 cm; (c) H. 8.6 cm; W. 18.8 cm; D. 13.8 cm.
Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1948: 48.98.20a–c
CC0 1.0 Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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