"Tell Minis" Bowl with Vegetal Scroll

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Around 1075, emigre potters from Egypt introduced stonepaste and overglaze luster painting to Syria, both pivotal for ceramic development in the region. Named after the find‑spot (Tell Minis) of a cache near Aleppo but produced at unidentified centers, this luster is characterized by a reddish hue because of its low silver content, perhaps due to a silver shortage.

"Tell Minis" Bowl with Vegetal Scroll, Stonepaste; luster-painted on transparent glaze

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