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Bowl with radial panels

  • Description

    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

    Associated place
    Asia Syria (place of creation)
    1st half of the 13th century
    Material and technique
    fritware, with overglaze painting in lustre
    8.3 cm (height)
    18.1 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    coveredcoated glazed,
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    Credit line
    Presented by Sir Alan Barlow, 1956.
    Accession no.
  • 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

Glossary (2)

fritware, lustre

  • fritware

    Ceramic material composed of ground quartz and small quantities of clay and finely ground frit (frit is obtained by pouring molten glass into water).

  • 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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