Pottery Mold

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

Unglazed pottery for daily use formed the highest percentage of the Nishapur ceramics finds. The earliest wares were usually undecorated, but by the twelfth century, vessels were usually made from patterned molds such as this. This example might have been used to make a bowl or the base of a jug, in which case a handle and another molded piece for the top would have been added.

Pottery Mold, Earthenware; modeled and incised

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