Stonepaste; underglaze- and luster-painted, transparent colorless-greenish glaze
H. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm)
Max. Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1948
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.