Ewer with winged creaturesOn display
Contact us about this object
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.
Ewer with winged creatures
Date8th - 9th century AD (AD 701 - 900)
Material and technique
earthenware, thrown, unglazed, with hand-modelled rim and handle, and incised, stamped, and applied decoration
Dimensions36 cm (height)
19 cm max. (diameter)
No. of items
Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.
Reitlinger, Gerald, ‘Unglazed Relief Pottery from Northern Mesopotamia’, Ars Islamica, 15-16, (1951), p. 22, illus. p. 16 fig. 24