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Jar

Date:
14th century
Geography:
Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm) Max. Diam. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.130
Not on view
Underglaze painting in blue and black on a white stonepaste body is characteristic of Mamluk production in Syria. The main decoration on this jar is the large inscription in thuluth: "Lasting glory, increasing prosperity, and good fortune."
Inscription: While the lower inscriptions written in black are pseudo-inscriptions and therefore do not make sense in Arabic, the main inscriptions reserved in white express good wishes to the owner of this jar, reading: "Lasting glory, abundant power, and favorable fortune."

Tomoko Masuya 1994
Catalogue entry at time of loan to Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City for exhibition, "Islamic Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art", 1994-95.
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 32, pp. 30-31, ill. pl. 32 (color).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 54, pp. 152-153, ill. p. 153 (color).



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