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Jar with a Pattern of Spiral-Filled Trefoils

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
12th century
Geography:
Syria, Raqqa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; underglaze- and luster-painted, transparent colorless-greenish glaze
Dimensions:
H. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm) Max. Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1948
Accession Number:
48.113.14
Not on view
This jar, excavated in the first decade of the twentieth century, exemplifies the findings that excited collectors and made Raqqa famous. Gertrude Bell, a traveler, archaeologist, and political officer, saw the jar in Aleppo in 1909 and later visited Raqqa; she was impressed by the amount of shards “covering” the ground and noted that the site seemed “honeycombed” with diggings by the local residents.
Marking: In pencil on foot: 397
Sticker inside neck illegible
Thomas B. Clarke, New York (until 1925; his sale, American Art Galleries,, New York, January 7–10, 1925, lot 647; H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1948; gifted to MMA)
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 47, pp. 128-129, ill. p. 129 (b/w).

Orient de Saladin : L'Art des Ayyoubides. Paris: Gallimard, 2001. no. 176, p. 178, ill. (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria." In Raqqa Revisited. New York; New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 30, 31,134, 166, ill. MMA19 (color), pp. 169, 173.



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