Fragmentary Ewer, Earthenware; polychrome luster-painted on opaque white glaze

Fragmentary Ewer

Object Name:
Ewer
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Made in Iraq, probably Basra. Excavated in Iraq, Samarra
Medium:
Earthenware; polychrome luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
Max. h. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Max. diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Diam. of rim: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charlotte M. Bradford, in memory of Professor Ernst Herzfeld, 1954
Accession Number:
54.71.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
The small circles filling some of the sections on this two-toned luster ewer might have been inspired by millefiori mosaic glass, since they seem to imitate the designs on such pieces. Although the ewer is fragmentary, it is possible to visualize its original large size and unusual angular profile.
Ernst Herzfeld, Princeton, NJ (until d. 1948); his sister, Charlotte M. Bradford, Princeton, NJ (1948–54; gifted to MMA)