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  • Pyxis (cylindrical container), Ayyubid period (1169–1260), late 11th–early 12th century
    Syria
    Stonepaste; luster–painted on incised, opaque white glaze; Gr. H. 8 in. (20.3 cm), Max. Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Harvey and Elizabeth Plotnick Gift, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1998 (1998.298a,b)

    This type of luster-painted pottery is known as Tell Minis, after the name of a village in central Syria where a number of these ceramics were found, though there is no evidence proving they were potted there. The condition of this well-proportioned lidded bowl is exceptional, since its surface retains a lustrous quality. The band with vegetal scrolls under the rim offers a pleasant chromatic contrast, and the sequence of partridges atop the lid animates and enhances the decoration. The prominent inscription, in kufic, is an aphorism praising the virtues of patience.

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  • Pyxis (cylindrical container), Ayyubid period (1169–1260), late 11th–early 12th century
    Syria
    Stonepaste; luster-painted on incised, opaque white glaze; Gr. H. 8 in. (20.3 cm), Max. Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
    Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Harvey and Elizabeth Plotnick Gift, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1998 (1998.298a,b)

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