Egypt or Syria
12th century AD
stonepaste ware, with lustre-painted decoration over an opacified white glaze
8.9 x 11cm
The small jug is in exceptionally fine condition and the original brilliance of the reddish lustre decoration has been preserved. The decoration consists of a series of bands framing a Kufic inscription, possibly one word which is continuously repeated, but which has not been deciphered.
There are very few parallels for this vessel, but its form recalls, albeit on a smaller scale, jugs produced in Syria in the 12th century.
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.142, p.144. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.138, p.119.