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Large Storage Jar

Object Name:
Jar
Date:
8th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; applied and incised decoration, unglazed
Dimensions:
H. 29 in. (73.7 cm) Diam. 19 in. (48.3 cm) Wt. 53 lbs. (24 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. E. S. David, in memory of her husband, E. S. David, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.330
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Other large jars, similar to this one, display inscriptions suggesting that they were used to store water, which would be kept cool by evaporation through the vessels’ unglazed porous walls. Whether incised, molded, stamped, or in the barbotine technique (in which rolled strips and circles of clay are applied to the surface), the vegetal and geometric motifs on these containers were likely inspired by pre-Islamic designs.
Mr. and Mrs. Elias S. David, Forest Hills, NY (by 1967–98; gifted to MMA)
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