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

"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:
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.
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).