Ewer with winged creatures

On display

Unglazed wares account for the majority of the ceramics produced in the Islamic world, although they remain largely understudied. The Ashmolean Museum owns several unglazed ceramics, and these help to provide an overview of the range of techniques used to produce and decorate ceramics of this type. This jug has a thrown body and a hand-shaped handle and rim, and is decorated with incised, stamped, and applied motifs including stylized winged creatures.


  • Title

    Ewer with winged creatures

  • Associated place

    Syria (possible) (possible place of creation)
    Iraq (possible) (possible place of creation)
  • Date

    8th - 9th century AD (AD 701 - 900)
  • Material and technique

    earthenware, thrown, unglazed, with hand-modelled rim and handle, and incised, stamped, and applied decoration

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    36 cm (height)
    19 cm max. (diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.

  • Museum location

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

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Reitlinger, Gerald, ‘Unglazed Relief Pottery from Northern Mesopotamia’, Ars Islamica, 15-16, (1951), p. 22, illus. p. 16 fig. 24

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