Abbasid artists sometimes applied the motifs and techniques developed in imitating imported Chinese stoneware bowls to other vessels, such as this jug. The decoration consists of a painted surface in green and cobalt blue on a white ground familiar from the imitated bowls. A cypress-like tree in green below each handle alternates with a foliate tree in blue. The motifs extend from the opening to halfway down the body and the entire composition bound at the base by a double line of scallops.
[ R. Y. Mottahedeh, New York, until 1932; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 170, ill. fig. 105 (b/w).
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 4, pp. 6-7, ill. pl. 4 (color).