Stonepaste; underglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on transparent glaze
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1948
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Nineteenth-century antiquarians’ fascination with The Thousand and One Nights and its 9th-century protagonist, Harun al‑Rashid, provoked interest in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where this Abbasid caliph once resided, and in the ceramics unearthed there. These prized objects date to the Ayyubid period, however, not Harun’s time. Recent study confirms that Raqqa was an important ceramics center, especially in the first part of the twelfth century, but other centers produced so‑called Raqqa ware as well.
Inscription: Arabic inscription written in an angular (Kufic) script that reads: al-'izz (glory)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1931–48; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ceramic Art of the Near East," 1931.
Ann Arbor. University of Michigan. "The Meeting of Two Worlds: The Crusades and the Mediterranean Context," May 9, 1981–September 27, 1981.
Dimand, Maurice S. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 12 to June 28, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of Ceramic Art of the Near East. New York, 1931. no. 167, pp. 38-39, ill. pl. 167 (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. "Recent additions to the Near Eastern Collections." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 7(5) (January 1949). p. 140, ill. (b/w).
Grube, Ernst J. "Raqqa-Keramik im Metropolitan Museum in New York." Kunst des Orients vol. 4 (1963). p. 65, ill.
Bornstein, Christine Verzar. "The Crusades and the Mediterranean Context." In The Meeting of Two Worlds. Ann Arbor, 1981. no. 15, p. 37, ill. (b/w).
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria." In Raqqa Revisited. New York; New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 31, 131, ill. MMA16 (color).