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Jug from Dayr 'Ayn 'Abata

Date:
700–800
Geography:
Made in Eastern Mediterranean, excavated Dayr 'Ayn 'Abata, Jordan
Medium:
Cream ware with roll-on stamp decoration
Dimensions:
Diam. rim: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. base: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman (J. 16694)
  • Description

    Early Islamic art, like Byzantine art, used bands of inscriptions to decorate surfaces. Here, the Arabic inscription identifies the potter as Abu ‘Isa al-Wathiq. The vessel was found in 1994 at the Monastery of Dayr ‘Ayn ‘Abata, where Lot and his daughters were said to have stayed.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script: Among the things which Abu ‘Isa al-Wathiq made. God is sufficient for him, [and He is] the One to be Trusted. A blessing is from God [?]

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