"Tell Minis" Bowl with Vegetal Scroll
- Object Name:
- mid-12th century
- Made in Syria
- Stonepaste; luster-painted on transparent glaze
- H. 2 1/8 in. ( 5.4 cm)
Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Safani, 1966
- Accession Number:
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.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Safani, New York (until 1966; gifted to MMA)
Porter, Venetia, and Oliver Watson. "Tell Minis Wares." Syria and Iran: Three Studies in Medieval Ceramics, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art, IV (1987). pp. 184-185, 231, ill. fig. A42 (b/w).
Ekhtiar, Maryam. "Shimmering Surfaces: Lustre Ceramics of the Islamic World." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). p. 93, ill. fig. 8 (color).