Base fragment with phoenixOn display
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Base fragment with phoenix
Artist/makerGhaibi (active 15th century) (potter)
Date15th century (1401 - 1500)
Mamluk Period (1250 - 1517)
Material and technique
fritware, with underglaze painting in blue
Dimensions2 x 8.5 x 8 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material composed of ground quartz and small quantities of clay and finely ground frit (frit is obtained by pouring molten glass into water).
Mythical bird known as hōō in Japan. The Islamic tradition appropriated the far-eastern iconography of the phoenix and used it to represent another mythical bird, the simurgh.
Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.