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Jar

Date:
late 12th–first half 13th century
Geography:
Syria, Raqqa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; underglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm) Max. diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1948
Accession Number:
48.113.15
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: Bands of pseudo-inscriptions on the shoulder and neck are upside-down.

Marking: Sticker inside lip: 398; Label inside: Lent by Horace Havemeyer, 165.
Thomas B. Clarke, New York (until 1925; his sale, American Art Galleries,, New York, January 7–10, 1925, lot 646; H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1931–48; gifted to MMA)
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. 165, p. 38, no. ill.

Grube, Ernst J. "Raqqa-Keramik im Metropolitan Museum in New York." Kunst des Orients vol. 4 (1963). p. 62, ill.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria." In Raqqa Revisited. New York; New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 135, 166, ill. MMA20 (color), pp. 169, 173.



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