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Jar with Four Lug Handles

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq, probably Basra
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; painted in blue on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.149
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
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).



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