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Fragmentary dish with figure of a musician

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Iraq (place of creation)
    10th century (AD 901 - 1000)
    Abbasid Period (AD 750 - 1258)
    Material and technique
    earthenware, with painting in lustre over an opaque white glaze
    3.4 cm (height)
    37 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    coveredcoated glazed,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    Credit line
    Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Raby, Julian, ‘Looking for Silver in Clay: A New Perspective on Samanid Ceramics’, M. Vickers, ed., Pots and Pans: A Colloquium on Precious Metals and Ceramics in the Muslim, Chinese and Graeco-Roman Worlds, Oxford 1985, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art, 3 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. 181-182, illus. p. 187 fig. 9

Glossary (3)

earthenware, glaze, lustre

  • earthenware

    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.

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • lustre

    Metallic sheen obtained by applying a mixture of metallic oxides onto an already glazed ceramic that is refired at a reduced atmosphere.


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