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Cooking Pot

Date:
8th century
Geography:
Made in Eastern Mediterranean, excavated at al-Fudayn (Mafraq), Jordan
Medium:
Steatite, carved and engraved
Dimensions:
8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Classification:
Steatites
Credit Line:
Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman (J. 19308)
  • Description

    Al-Fudayn, an Umayyad residence located on trade routes joining cities such as Gerasa (Jerash) with the Arabian Peninsula, belonged to the exceptionally wealthy great grandson of the third Orthodox caliph ‘Uthman ibin ‘Afan. It was destroyed in the early ninth century, when a subsequent owner opposed the Abbasids. These luxury goods were found together and were perhaps hidden at that time.
    Vessels made of steatite, a luxurious stone imported from the Arabian Peninsula, reflect al-Fudayn’s orientation toward eastern trade and pilgrimage routes. The pot is inscribed in Arabic in Kufic script, "For Nawwar," apparently the owner.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script, on the interior: For Nawwar

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