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Ring-shaped Ewer

Object Name:
8th century
Made in Iran or Iraq
Earthenware; molded and glazed
H. 14 1/2in. (36.8cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard Ettinghausen, 1978
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
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)
Arendt, W. "Die Sparisch-Konischen Gefasse aus Gbranntem Ton." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde III, no. 12 (1929). p. 208, ill. fig. 3 (b/w).

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. v. I, pp. 675-676, ill. v. II, pl. 193B.

"The Uses of Sphero-Conical Vessels in the Muslim East." Journal of Near Eastern Studies XXIV, no. 3 (July 1965). p. 226, ill. fig. 12.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 2, p. 5, ill. pl. 2 (color).

Soustiel, Jean, Charles Kiefer, and Henry-Pierre Fourest. La Ceramique Islamique. Le Guide du connaisseur. Fribourg, Suisse: Office du Livre, 1985. p. 26, ill. fig. 6 (b/w).

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