Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums
Hegira 7th century / AD 13th century
Fritware; painted with black decoration under a transparent turquoise glaze.
Height 15 cm, diameter (of rim) 6.5 cm, diameter (of base) 7 cm
A medium-sized jug that has a spherical-shaped body and a small 'S-shaped' handle. The body rests on a small, unglazed, foot. The jug is typically decorated with simple horizontal zigzag bands, painted with black pigment on the body of the unglazed vessel, and then glazed with a transparent turquoise glaze. Raqqa was one of two major pottery-production centres in Ayyubid Syria, the other being Rusafah. Raqqa had a number of pottery workshops, which produced a range of ceramics including lustre-painted, relief-moulded and underglaze painted vessels.View Short Description
The black decoration under the transparent turquoise glaze is typical of ceramics made in Raqqa during the Ayyubid period. Raqqa was one of two major production centres in Syria, the other being Rusafah. Both were located near the river Euphrates.
Artistic analysis and analysis of the material composition of the clay body, which resembles in type that typical of Raqqa pottery.
Part of the collection given to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944.
Fehervari, G., Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, London, 2000.
Grube, E. J., Cobalt and Lustre, The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art,vol. 9, London, 1994.
Noorah Al-Gailani "Jug" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;uk;Mus04;10;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-GailaniNoorah Al-Gailani
Noorah Al-Gailani is Curator for Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums, Scotland. With a BA in Interior Design from the College of Fine Arts, Baghdad University and three years' experience in design and folk art preservation, she moved to the UK in 1992. On completing her MA in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1994, she worked as Project Officer at the Grange Museum of Community History documenting the presence of Muslim communities in the London Borough of Brent. In 1995 she was Assistant Curator, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, English Heritage, and in 1996 became Curator for John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism in London. She co-authored The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations (Stroud: Hawthorn Press, 2002) for non-Muslim children. Since 2003 she has been based at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, working across the city's museums to interpret Islamic art and culture, ancient and modern, through research, exhibitions and educational activities.
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez
MWNF Working Number: UK4 16
Islamic Dynasties / Period
On display in
Discover Islamic Art Exhibition(s)The Atabegs and Ayyubids | Travelling and Trading Geometric Decoration | Geometric Decoration in Ceramic Recipients
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