Date: 12th century
Medium: Stonepaste; carved, incised, polychrome painted under a transparent glaze (Laqabi ware)
Dimensions: Diam. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Gifts in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1979
Accession Number: 1979.210
The white‑bodied stonepaste introduced into Syria by potters from Egypt after ca. 1075 was a perfect medium for this technique, which involves carving the body in a way that prevented the colorants from running into each other. Formerly attributed to Iran, recent evidence suggests instead a Syrian origin for this so‑called Laqabi ware.