Dish

Date: 12th century

Geography: Syria

Culture: Islamic

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)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Gifts in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1979

Accession Number: 1979.210

Description

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.

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