Bowl with radial panels

On display

By the late 11th century, the secrets of lustre-painting - a ceramic decorative technique that uses metallic oxides fired at a reduced atmosphere - were transferred from Egypt to Syria by craftsmen migrating in search of new job opportunities. Around the same time, a newly-invented ceramic body known as fritware, or stonepaste, was also adopted in the region, revolutionizing the local ceramic production. This bowl has a fritware body and is decorated with lustre, and can be attributed to Syria on the basis of its bold decorative motifs and the reddish-brownish hue of its lustre.

Details

  • Title

    Bowl with radial panels

  • Associated place

    Syria (place of creation)
  • Date

    1st half of the 13th century
  • Material and technique

    fritware, with overglaze painting in lustre

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    8.3 cm (height)
    18.1 cm (diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Sir Alan Barlow, 1956.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1956.103

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Glossary of terms

fritware

lustre

Further reading

Fehérvári, Géza, Islamic Pottery: A Comprehensive Study Based on the Barlow Collection (London: Faber and Faber, 1973), no. 150 on p. 113, pl. 61 a

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