Molded ceramic vessels – both with and without glaze – were made in the earliest centuries of the Islamic period, but the technique seems to have lost popularity as artists turned their attention to other techniques, notably lusterware. With its molded and applied decoration and monochrome glazing, this ewer is typical of the Umayyad and early Abbasid period. The piece is made of two halves that have been joined together, with applied elements including a spout and what appear to be a foot and handle. The center was once decorated with an openwork panel that was attached to half of the body before the two halves were joined.
Richard Ettinghausen, Princeton, NJ (by 1938–78; gifted to MMA)
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