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Detail from bowl with seated figures by a stream, Iran, probably Kashan, 1211-1212 (Museum number: EA1956.33)

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Ewer with winged creatures

  • Description

    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.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Syria (possible place of creation)
    Asia Iraq (possible place of creation)
    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
    36 cm (height)
    19 cm max. (diameter)
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    Credit line
    Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
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  • Further reading

    Watson, Oliver, Ceramics from Islamic Lands (London: Thames & Hudson, 2004)

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



  • 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.


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