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Pottery Mold

Object Name:
12th century
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Earthenware; modeled and incised
H. 2 15/16 in. W. 6 13/16 in.
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Unglazed pottery for daily use formed the highest percentage of the Nishapur ceramics finds. The earliest wares were usually undecorated, but by the twelfth century, vessels were usually made from patterned molds such as this. This example might have been used to make a bowl or the base of a jug, in which case a handle and another molded piece for the top would have been added.
1938, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 143a,b, ch. 12, pp. 327, 355, ill. p. 355 (b/w).

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