Diam. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm);
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
H. 3 1/8 inl (7.9 cm)
Diam. 10 3/8 in. (26. 4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920
Not on view
This bowl shows an aspect of ceramics produced in twelfth-century Syria and the Jazira that proved unappealing to early twentieth-century collectors. While the painted design is exquisite, the whitening of the alkaline glaze when it was buried rendered the imagery almost illegible. This ware represents a large proportion of the glazed ceramics of the period found in excavations, but restorers have not found a way to enhance the pieces successfully, and they are underrepresented in collections.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1920; sold to MMA]
Pezard, Maurice. La Ceramique Archaique de l'Islam et ses Origines. Paris, 1920. ill. pl. CXLIX.
Lane, Arthur. "Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia." In Early Islamic Pottery. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. p. 45, ill. pl. 81B (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 193, ill. fig. 124 (b/w).