Exhibitions/ Art Object

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)
Not on view
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.
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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