Earthenware; applied and incised decoration, unglazed
H. 32 1/4 in. (81.9 cm)
Diam. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm)
Wt. 77 lbs. (34.9 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1932
Not on view
Large unglazed clay vessels were used to store liquids and keep them cool by the evaporation that occurred through their porous walls. This example bears motifs inspired by pre-Islamic Eastern motifs which were incised and applied. The technique used here is known as barbotine, in which rolled strips and circles of clay were applied to the surface, flattened and then incised with parallel lines.
Found near Ctesiphon, Iraq, by the Joint Expedition of the Staatlichen Museen of Berlin and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds and accessioned, 1932
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 172.
Reitlinger, Gerald. "Unglazed relief pottery from Northern Mesopotamia." Ars Islamica 15-16 (1951). pp. 11-22, ill. fig. 1 (b/w).
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, Suzanne G. Valenstein, and Julia Meech-Pekarik. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. vol. 12. Tokyo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977. ill. pl. 230 (b/w).