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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. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm) Max. Diam. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Henry G. Leberthon Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wallace Chauncey, 1957
Accession Number:
57.61.1
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Henry G. Leberthon, Hempstead, NY (by 1931–d. 1939; bequeathed to Mrs. Chauncey); Louise Ruxton Chauncey, New York (1939–57; gifted to MMA)

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