Modern ceramics could take inspiration from this Iranian dish
The Hossein Afshar Collection, from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, focuses on ceramics that show the interconnection between Chinese and Persian styles. For example, this bowl was glazed in turquoise, which was a color the Chinese used that the Persians adopted.
The fish are arranged in a rosette pattern, which looks similar to the sun and was believed to bring good fortune to the object’s owner. The pairing of black and transparent blue was common at the time, and it produces a visual effect similar to being underwater when the bowl is full.