Jar with a Pattern of Spiral-Filled Trefoils

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This jar, excavated in the first decade of the twentieth century, exemplifies the findings that excited collectors and made Raqqa famous. Gertrude Bell, a traveler, archaeologist, and political officer, saw the jar in Aleppo in 1909 and later visited Raqqa; she was impressed by the amount of shards “covering” the ground and noted that the site seemed “honeycombed” with diggings by the local residents.

Jar with a Pattern of Spiral-Filled Trefoils, Stonepaste; underglaze- and luster-painted, transparent colorless-greenish glaze

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