13th century AD
relief-moulded stonepaste ware, with lustre-painted decoration over a transparent glaze
31.5 x 24cm
This jar belongs to a series of large lustre-painted vessels, the manufacture of which is attributed to Raqqa in north-eastern Syria. The decoration is often based, as here, on a simple but powerful palmette springing from a scroll, which is set against a dotted background.
E.J. Grube et al, Cobalt and Lustre. The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume IX, London 1994, cat.313, pp.272–3. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.137, pp.118–19.