Name of Object:

Vase with lid


Lisbon, Portugal

Holding Museum:

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Date of Object:

Hegira end 6th century / AD end 12th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ceramic made from siliceous clay with lustre-painted decoration.


Height 26 cm, diameter 27.7 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Raqqa, Syria.


Lidded vase, with medallions painted in blue under the transparent glaze and metallic lustre decoration. On the white background motifs are arranged in compartmented horizontal rows, composed of pseudo-inscriptions in a flowery kufic script interrupted by circular medallions containing floral motifs and scrolls. The lid follows the same decorative design as the vase itself. It cannot be stated with certainty what function the object served; it might have been a utilitarian or a decorative object, or possibly both.

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Ayyubid lidded pot from Raqqa in Syria. Motifs consisting of pseudo-inscriptions in flowery kufic script are arranged in compartmented horizontal strips on a white background, interrupted by circular medallions with floral motifs and scrolls.

How date and origin were established:

By stylistic analysis and by comparison with objects from the same period.

How Object was obtained:

Purchased through Dikran Kelekian, in Paris, on 27 December 1907.

How provenance was established:

By expert examination. In correspondence relating to the object, Antoine G. Brimo refers to having received from Calouste Gulbenkian a specific sum for his expert's report on the object in question, in which he confirms its authenticity.

Selected bibliography:

Makariou, S. (ed.), L'Orient de Saladin. L'Art des Ayyoubides, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2002.
Memorias del Imperio Árabe, exhibition catalogue, Santiago de Compostela, 2000.
Mota, M. M., Catálogo das Louças Islâmicas, Vol. I: Louças Seljúcidas, Lisbon, 1988.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 1st edition 2001, 2nd edition revised and updated 2002.

Citation of this web page:

Maria Queiroz Ribeiro "Vase with lid" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;pt;Mus01_A;50;en

Prepared by: Maria Queiroz RibeiroMaria Queiroz Ribeiro

Maria Queiroz Ribeiro é conservadora do departamento de Arte Islâmica do Museu Calouste Gulbenkian desde 1996, sendo responsável pelas secções de cerâmica, vidro e arte do livro. Tem comissariado diversas exposições: The World of Lacquer, Lisboa, 2001; Un Jardin Encantado, Arte Islámico en la Colección Calouste Gulbenkian, Madrid, 2001; Islamic Art in the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Abu Dhabi, 2004. Participou em colóquios internacionais no International Congress of Turkish Art, apresentando comunicações como Following the trail of Ottoman tiles in Portugal em Utrecht, 1999 e La céramique islamique dans la Collection Gulbenkian, no Musée de la Céramique de Sèvres, em 2003. É autora de Iznik Pottery of the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Lisboa, 1996 e co-autora de Mamluk Glass in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisboa, 1999.

Translation by: Gilla Evans
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: PT 75


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