Name of Object:
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums
Date of Object:
Hegira 7th century / AD 13th century
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Stone-paste (fritware), painted, black decoration under a transparent green glaze.
Height 11.4 cm, diameter (of rim) 20.9 cm
Period / Dynasty:
A shallow, stone-paste (fritware) footed bowl with a flat top rim: it is decorated with six rectangular rotating bands with heavy black outlines, which form a hexagon in the centre; the rim is decorated with pseudo-Arabic in kufic script. Organic decoration fills the background between the bands and in the centre of the hexagon.
View Short Description
Raqqa, where this bowl was made, was one of two major pottery-production centres during the Ayyubid period in Syria. The style and decoration of this dish, and the composition of the glaze and how it has deteriorated, are typical features of Raqqa pottery.
How date and origin were established:
Stylistic analysis, together with analysis of the material composition of the vessel's body which is distinctively that of Raqqa. Furthermore, the nature and extent of the deterioration of the glaze is also typical of Raqqa ceramics.
How Object was obtained:
Part of the collection given to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944.
How provenance was established:
The vessel is typical of Raqqa ceramics in both its material composition and in the nature of the deterioration of the glaze.
Fehervari, G., Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, London, 2000.
Citation of this web page:
Noorah Al-Gailani "Bowl" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;uk;Mus04;11;en