Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums
Hegira late 9th–early 10th century / AD late 15th–early 16th century
Earthenware with incised relief decoration, lustre-painted and tin-glazed.
Diameter 47.6 cm
Mudéjar / Nasrid
Manises, Valencia, Spain.
A lustre-painted and tin-glazed dish that is representative of this type of earthenware which was decorated by incising the outlines of the main design onto the surface of the unfired dish. The incised areas (a technique borrowed from the metalworking industry) stand out in the unusual luminescent blue of the stag, its antlers, the eight-petal flower, and the accents on some of the foliage. The brownish-gold lustre decoration of the background was added at a later stage after further firings.
Manises was one of the main pottery-making towns in Valencia. It played a leading role in the manufacture of lustre-wares for export to Europe, principally to France and Italy. Manises' pottery left for export from the Valencian port of Groa where many Manises potters owned pottery warehouses and shops. These potters were a mixture of Christians and Moors (Muslims), the latter of which were not permitted to take their skills to work outside the town, testifying to the value of their special skills to the economy of Manises. By the mid-16th century (AH 956), Manises had a major monopoly on the production of lustre-wares in Valencia.
This lustre-painted and tin-glazed dish was made in the town of Manises in Valencia. It monopolised the manufacture of this type of ceramics, which were made by Muslim potters who were remnants of its old Moorish population. Such dishes were very much sought after in both France and Italy.
Artistic analysis: a small number of similar dishes survive and although not precisely dated, this dish is contemporary to two other types of Spanish Islamic lustre ceramics dating from the late 9th–early10th / late 15th –early 16th centuries.
Part of the collection given to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944.
Stylistic similarities with other types of Spanish Islamic lustre ceramics.
Ray, A., Spanish Pottery 1248–1898, with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2000.
Noorah Al-Gailani "Dish" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;uk;Mus04;49;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 66
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