Name of Object:



Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums

About Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow

Date of Object:

Hegira 864–84 / AD 1460–80

Museum Inventory Number:

BC 40.25

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Glazed and lustre-painted earthenware.


Diameter 45 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Mudéjar / Nasrid


Manises, Valencia, Spain.


A dish with the shield belonging to the Tondi family of Siena, Italy, in the centre surrounded by radiating chains of 'bryony' flowers (those with blue petals and lustre-painted centres) alternating with chains of blue 'parsley'-shaped leafs (those that are made up of ragged trefoil shapes), and both interwoven with lustre-coloured spindly 'fern' leaves. This style of dish belongs to a distinctive range that was much sought after in Spain and in other parts of Europe where it was exported in large quantities. This explains the presence of the Italian family's shield, for this type of lustre-ware was extremely popular in Italy.

Manises was one of the main pottery-making towns in Valencia, and played a leading role in the manufacture of lustre-wares for export to Europe, principally to France and Italy. Manises's pottery left for export from the Valencian port of Grao 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.

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The old name for this type of Mudéjar-style Spanish lustre ceramics is ‘Hispano-Moresque’, a term indicating that the potters who made it were a mixture of Christians and Moors (Muslims), the latter of which were restricted to practising their much-praised skill outside the town of Manises in Valencia.

How date and origin were established:

Artistic analysis and identification of the shield belonging to the Tondi family of Siena, Italy.

How Object was obtained:

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

Selected bibliography:

Ray, A., Spanish Pottery 1248–1898, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2000.

Citation of this web page:

Noorah Al-Gailani "Dish" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020.;ISL;uk;Mus04;5;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 GomezMandi Gomez

Amanda Gomez is a freelance copy-editor and proofreader working in London. She studied Art History and Literature at Essex University (1986–89) and received her MA (Area Studies Africa: Art, Literature, African Thought) from SOAS in 1990. She worked as an editorial assistant for the independent publisher Bellew Publishing (1991–94) and studied at Bookhouse and the London College of Printing on day release. She was publications officer at the Museum of London until 2000 and then took a role at Art Books International, where she worked on projects for independent publishers and arts institutions that included MWNF’s English-language editions of the books series Islamic Art in the Mediterranean. She was part of the editorial team for further MWNF iterations: Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean Virtual Museum and the illustrated volume Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean.

True to its ethos of connecting people through the arts, MWNF has provided Amanda with valuable opportunities for discovery and learning, increased her editorial experience, and connected her with publishers and institutions all over the world. More recently, the projects she has worked on include MWNF’s Sharing History Virtual Museum and Exhibition series, Vitra Design Museum’s Victor Papanek and Objects of Desire, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s online publication 2 or 3 Tigers and its volume Race, Nation, Class.

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