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Ceramic Lantern

Object Name:
Lantern
Date:
early 13th century
Geography:
Syria, probably Raqqa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; underglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm) W. 5 3/4in. (14.6cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.138
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This lantern presents a classic example of Raqqa lusterware in its stonepaste body composition, overglaze luster‑painting technique, and decorative motifs, which closely resemble those on the other lusterware objects in the collection. Its form, however, is unusual. Modeled from slabs and rolls, it resembles a square domed building, articulated at each corner by a column and finial.
M. Albert Goupil, Paris(until d. 1884; sale Hôtel Drouot,Paris, April 23–27, 1888); Edward C. Moore, New York (probably 1888–d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
Soustiel, Jean, Charles Kiefer, and Henry-Pierre Fourest. La Ceramique Islamique. Le Guide du connaisseur. Fribourg, Suisse: Office du Livre, 1985. p. 122, ill. fig. 134 (b/w).

Orient de Saladin : L'Art des Ayyoubides. Paris: Gallimard, 2001. no. 234, p. 217, ill. (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria." In Raqqa Revisited. New York; New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 116, 174, 222, ill. MMA1 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 96, pp. 138, 148, ill. p. 148 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam. "Shimmering Surfaces: Lustre Ceramics of the Islamic World." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). p. 94, ill. fig. 9 (color).



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