Name of Object:
National Archaeological Museum
Date of Object:
Hegira 802–38 / AD 1400–35
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Ceramic; glazing, metallic highlights.
Height 4.5 cm, maximum diameter 41.5 cm, base diameter 34.8 cm
Period / Dynasty:
Nasrid or Mudéjar
Nasrid kingdom of Granada or Christian kingdom of Valencia, Spain.
'Brazier' dish with a large, flat circular base and straight, shallow sides finished with a narrow brim. The piece is made of red clay and covered with a tin glaze. It is decorated with gold and cobalt-blue metallic highlights on a creamy white background. The base of the dish, decorated with plant arabesques typical of Granada, is divided into quadrants with alternating blue and golden motifs. The brim is decorated with an arabesque composition with thin blue intertwined ribbons. Golden spirals fill and break up the white background throughout the piece.
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This enormous dish represents a continuation of the technique and decorative style of Nasrid ceramicists in Mudéjar workshops to meet the needs of their Christian clientele, who wanted new shapes like this shallow dish with its flat base, straight sides and horizontal rim.
How date and origin were established:
The perfect development of the technique, the type of decoration and the style of the plant arabesques are characteristic of ceramics with golden highlights from the first third of the 9th / 15th century.
How Object was obtained:
The piece was purchased for the National Archaeological Museum by the State on 6 June 1875.
How provenance was established:
The growing decadence of the Nasrid kingdom, along with the development of the maritime power of the kingdom of Aragon and its control over the trade routes of the Mediterranean resulted in Mudéjar centres, contemporaries of the Nasrid producers that used the same traditional procedures and decorative styles, springing up around the east coast. The intense colour of the cobalt and its shape are more characteristic of Valencian pieces, but only an analysis of the clays could determine the precise origin of the piece.
Camps Cazorla, E., Catálogo Sumario del Museo Arqueológico Nacional. Cerámica Española (Nuevas Instalaciones), Madrid, 1936, pp.28–30.
Citation of this web page:
Margarita Sánchez Llorente "Dish" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;es;Mus01;28;en