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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)
Bordeaux. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux. "Profile of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From Ramesses to Picasso," May 15, 1981–September 1, 1981.

Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the Early 20th cent.," February 10, 2016–July 17, 2016.

"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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