Name of Object:



Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums

About Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow

Date of Object:

Hegira 8th century / AD 14th century

Museum Inventory Number:

BC 40.23

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Tin-glazed earthenware.


Diameter 19 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Mudéjar / Nasrid


Paterna, Valencia, Spain.


A tin-glazed bowl that depicts a stylised kangaroo-like animal with a pinecone behind it. The design of the pinecone is of Islamic origin. The small town of Paterna in Valencia was known not only as one of the most important centres for the production of unglazed and plain earthenware, but was also renowned for its tin-glazed pottery, painted in green and brown. This bowl was made by Mudéjar potters (Muslims living under Christian rule) living in Paterna.

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This popular ceramic bowl was made by Mudéjar potters (Muslims living under Christian rule) in the Valencian town of Paterna. The pinecone motif behind the unidentified animal is a typical design that appears on utilitarian ceramics, a sign of Paterna’s Islamic artistic heritage.

How date and origin were established:

Artistic analysis: the distorted animal and vegetal designs on this dish are typical of this type of Mudéjar art; many similar examples have been found at Paterna.

How Object was obtained:

Part of the collection given to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944.

Selected bibliography:

Gaiger-Smith, A., Tin-Glaze Pottery in Europe and the Islamic World, the Tradition of 1000 Years in Maiolica, Faience & Delftware, London, 1973.

Citation of this web page:

Noorah Al-Gailani "Bowl" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;uk;Mus04;4;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 10


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Islamic Dynasties / Period

Mudejar Art


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