The Rietz Collection of Food Technology in the Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences, consists of nearly 1400 food-related items from around the world, and documents a wide range of food-related activities, including production, gathering, storing, processing, preserving and serving. The collection was assembled by Carl Austin Rietz, a leader in the food industry and inventor of industrial devices for food industries. Rietz had a lifelong interest in the food habits of other cultures and he traveled extensively, often returning from his travels with food items for his collection.
This web page focuses
on a select portion of the Rietz Collection, Persian ceramics, of which the
collection includes approximately 50 beautiful bowls and other vessels, dating
from the 12th through the 18th centuries. Representative examples are illustrated
and their manufacture discussed in the larger context of Persian ceramic history.
|Introduction to Persian Ceramics|