Stonepaste; carved, incised, polychrome painted under a transparent glaze (Laqabi ware)
Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Purchase, Gifts in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1979
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
The white‑bodied stonepaste introduced into Syria by potters from Egypt after ca. 1075 was a perfect medium for this technique, which involves carving the body in a way that prevented the colorants from running into each other. Formerly attributed to Iran, recent evidence suggests instead a Syrian origin for this so‑called Laqabi ware.
[ Charles Vignier, Paris,by 1920–at least 1926]; [ Charles Dikran Kelekian, New York, until 1979; sold to MMA]
Pezard, Maurice. La Ceramique Archaique de l'Islam et des Origins. Vol. vols. I, II. Paris, 1926. vol. 1, p. 112, ill. pl. LXXXIV, (watercolor showing the bowl before conservation).
"M.M.A. Notable Acquisitions 1979–80." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 37 (1979-1980). p. 16, ill. p. 16 (b/w).