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"[This bottle and tankard were both] part of a hoard that was deliberately buried by its owner, probably a merchant who lived in Jurjan in north-east Iran, or who was passing through the city. In 1220, Jurjan was threatened by a Mongol invasion. The merchant packed the vessels in sand inside large storage jars and buried them for safekeeping. Soon afterwards, Jurjan was completely destroyed by the Mongols, and the owner never returned to recover the hoard."

I’m charmed by things that remind me people in the past had individual tastes and aesthetics.  There’s a lot of different pottery decoration styles going on in Iran at this time, and this guy buried a lot of different things I haven’t posted, but the best reason he would have had to buy two things this color is that he just plain loved it.

(Source: collections.vam.ac.uk)

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