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Master Mold

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The writing on the sides of this master mold reads: “It is advisable to consume cooked wine, which is lawful, as it does not alter one’s mind and perception. Made by [the] Faqih of Samarqand.” Two molds would have been made from the two halves of this one, rendering the inscription in reverse so potters could produce multiple ewers based on this model. The potter’s name, Faqih, indicates that he was a lawyer, thus explaining the legalistic tone of the inscription that refers to the Muslim prohibition against consuming wine.

Master Mold, Earthenware; molded

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