Large Turquoise Jar

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This large earthenware jar holds four registers of molded decoration containing motifs typical of the Seljuq period, including winged griffins set against a scrolling background, an elegant arabesque design, and a series of inscriptions with good wishes written in small kufic script. Although the original function of this jar is not known, similar earthenware jugs may have been used to hold grains or wine.

Large Turquoise Jar, Earthenware; molded and glazed

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