Name of Object:



Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums

 About Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow

Date of Object:

Hegira 7th century / AD 13th century

Museum Inventory Number:

BC 33.123

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Fritware; painted with black decoration under a transparent turquoise glaze.


Height 15 cm, diameter (of rim) 6.5 cm, diameter (of base) 7 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Raqqa, Syria.


A medium-sized jug that has a spherical-shaped body and a small 'S-shaped' handle. The body rests on a small, unglazed, foot. The jug is typically decorated with simple horizontal zigzag bands, painted with black pigment on the body of the unglazed vessel, and then glazed with a transparent turquoise glaze. Raqqa was one of two major pottery-production centres in Ayyubid Syria, the other being Rusafah. Raqqa had a number of pottery workshops, which produced a range of ceramics including lustre-painted, relief-moulded and underglaze painted vessels.

View Short Description

The black decoration under the transparent turquoise glaze is typical of ceramics made in Raqqa during the Ayyubid period. Raqqa was one of two major production centres in Syria, the other being Rusafah. Both were located near the river Euphrates.

How date and origin were established:

Artistic analysis and analysis of the material composition of the clay body, which resembles in type that typical of Raqqa pottery.

How Object was obtained:

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

Selected bibliography:

Fehervari, G., Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, London, 2000.

Grube, E. J., Cobalt and Lustre, The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art,vol. 9, London, 1994.

Citation of this web page:

Noorah Al-Gailani "Jug" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2021.;ISL;uk;Mus04;10;en

Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: UK4 16