Made in Eastern Mediterranean, excavated Dayr 'Ayn 'Abata, Jordan
Cream ware with roll-on stamp decoration
Diam. rim: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. base: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman (J. 16694)
Not on view
Early Islamic art, like Byzantine art, used bands of inscriptions to decorate surfaces. Here, the Arabic inscription identifies the potter as Abu ‘Isa al-Wathiq. The vessel was found in 1994 at the Monastery of Dayr ‘Ayn ‘Abata, where Lot and his daughters were said to have stayed.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script: Among the things which Abu ‘Isa al-Wathiq made. God is sufficient for him, [and He is] the One to be Trusted. A blessing is from God [?]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.