Bowl with Vegetal Motifs

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Syrian potters, like their counterparts in Iran, developed a version of black‑and‑blue underglaze‑painted ceramics, capitalizing on the properties of stonepaste to provide a white background. As on the Iranian examples, the contrast between the crisp elements painted in stable black pigment and the softer‑edged motifs executed in less stable blue pigment creates an attractive tension.

Bowl with Vegetal Motifs, Stonepaste; painted and incised under transparent glaze

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