Name of Object:



Algiers, Algeria

Holding Museum:

National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts

About National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts, Algiers

Date of Object:

Hegira 361–543 / AD 972–1148

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wheel-turned ceramic, painted under glaze.


Height 4.9 cm, diameter of the base 6.2 cm, diameter of the rim 21.5 cm, thickness 0.6 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Ceramic plate restored from a fragment that consisted only of a section of a plate's rim and base. The missing part was reproduced using plaster, enabling the general form of the plate to be restored. The original fragment is made up of a fine brown-coloured paste, which has been decorated along the edge of the rim with a green geometric design set within three concentric semi-circles, applied using a paintbrush. Some traces of paint have remained on the rim and on the base, suggesting that the decoration was repeated in a symmetrical fashion along its edge and at the centre of the plate, which sits on a ring-like base.
The fine quality of the ceramic paste attests to it being a luxury item of crockery.

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Ceramic, wheel-thrown dish that has been restored on the basis of a fragment of fine, brown clay brush-painted around the edge in green beneath a glaze. The decoration consists of three concentric semi-circles. The dish has a circular base.

How date and origin were established:

The fragment comes from the upper strata of a well, 14.5 m deep, full of ceramic shards and pottery that were piled up over four layers of earth, each corresponding to the Punic, Roman, Byzantine and Zirid eras. According to the chroniclers, Algiers was built during the Zirid era by Buluggin ibn Ziri (362–73 / 973–84).

How Object was obtained:

Archaeological repository (Leschi and Le Glay excavations, 1952).

Selected bibliography:

Golvin, L., Le Magrib central à l'époque des Zirides, recherches d'archéologie et d'histoire, Paris, 1957.
Le Glay, M., “À la recherche d'Icosium”, Antiquités africaines, Vol. II, 1968, pp.7–54.

Citation of this web page:

Houria Cherid "Plate" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;dz;Mus01;24;en

Prepared by: Houria CheridHouria Cherid

Titulaire d'un magister en archéologie islamique (1992), enseignante à l'Institut d'archéologie de l'université d'Alger de 1992 à 1999, conservateur du patrimoine archéologique et historique au Musée national des antiquités de 1994 à 2002, puis conservateur en chef à partir de 2002, Houria Cherid est chef du service Labo-photo, département Animation et Documentation au Musée national des antiquités. Elle a publié de nombreux articles dans les Annales du Musée national des antiquités et prépare actuellement un doctorat en archéologie islamique.

Copyedited by: Margot Cortez
Translation by: Maria Vlotides
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: AL 36


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