Name of Object:

‘Escudilla de orejas’ (bowl with handles)


Rome, Italy

Holding Museum:

Museum of Civilisations | Museum of Oriental Art “Giuseppe Tucci”

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Date of Object:

Hegira 10th century / AD 16th century

Museum Inventory Number:

9768/ 8487

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Lustre-painted ceramic.


Height 6 cm, diameter 13.5 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Production linked to Mudéjar art


Spain, Aragonese or Valencian workshop.


A cup of the ‘escudilla de orejas’ type painted with brown-red lustre on a cream background. The internal decoration includes a band with a damaged inscription in Latin characters from which the words ‘In the beginning was the Word’ (John 1:1) and a series of stylised palmettes can be made out, all framed with solid lustre strips. On the base there is a medallion with a coat of arms decorated with a dolphin. The decoration on the outside of the piece has almost completely disappeared, but a stylised fern-leaf motif is still visible.

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This cup is an example of Hispano-Moorish art. Probably produced in Valencia, it is made of ceramic painted with metallic lustre and decorated with an inscription in Latin characters alongside phytomorphic and zoomorphic motifs.

How Object was obtained:


How provenance was established:

This type of cup is typical of Hispano-Moorish production and was probably produced in a Valencian workshop, although the possibility of it coming from an Aragonese workshop cannot be excluded, because of both the division of the decoration using concentric bands of solid lustre and the rendering of motifs by leaving elements uncoloured.

Selected bibliography:

Ainaud De Lasarte, J., Cèramica y Vidrio,Ars Hispaniae, Vol. 10, Madrid, 1952.
Fronthingham, A. W., Lustreware of Spain, New York, 1951.
Torre, P., “Maioliche a Lustro Ispano-Moresche”, Serie Schede Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale, 7, Rome, 1987.
Torre, P., Le Mille e una Notte: Ceramiche Persiane, Turche e Ispano-Moresche, Faenza, 1990.
Torre, P., “Techniques Journeying from East to West at the Time of the Crusades”, Crusades: Myth and Realities, Nicosia, 2004.

Citation of this web page:

Paola Torre "‘Escudilla de orejas’ (bowl with handles)" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020.;ISL;it;Mus01;9;en

Prepared by: Paola TorrePaola Torre

Responsabile del Dipartimento di Archeologia e Arte Islamica e del Servizio Educativo presso il Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale “Giuseppe Tucci” di Roma.
Laureata in Arte islamica, ha svolto per anni attività di docenza presso l'Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli ed è autrice di numerose pubblicazioni e studi scientifici riguardanti soprattutto la ceramica del mondo islamico, con particolare riferimento alla produzione dipinta a lustro metallico, dalla Mesopotamia alla Spagna.

Copyedited by: Pier Paolo RacioppiPier Paolo Racioppi

Laureato e specializzato in storia dell'arte presso l'Università di Roma “La Sapienza” sta conseguendo il dottorato di ricerca in Storia e conservazione dell'oggetto d'arte e d'architettura presso l'Università di Roma TRE. Ha svolto attività seminariali presso l'Istituto di Storia dell'Arte all'Università La Sapienza di Roma e attualmente è docente di storia dell'arte del Rinascimento presso la IES at Luiss (Roma).
Ha pubblicato diversi contributi sulla tutela artistica, il collezionismo e le accademie d'arte, ed ha collaborato al Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani dell'Enciclopedia Treccani.

Translation by: Laurence Nunny
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: IT 09


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Mudejar Art

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