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Jar with Three Inscribed Bands in Cursive Script

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
12th century
Geography:
Syria, Raqqa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; underglaze- and luster-painted, transparent colorless-greenish glaze
Dimensions:
H. 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm) Max. Diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.74.2
Not on view
This heavily restored jar illustrates the practice of bringing together an assortment of fragments—easily found at Raqqa’s archaeological site—to reconstruct a single, more valuable object. Most of the fragments here originally belonged to the same vessel, but others did not; the latter were filed and glued to fill the gaps. Extensive overpainting, now cleaned away, covered the seams.
[ Emile Tabbagh, Paris and New York, until 1917; his sale, American ArtGalleries, New York, 1915, to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 190, ill. fig. 120 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria." In Raqqa Revisited. New York; New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 120, 171, 173, ill. MMA5 (color).



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