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POT 126
POT 126

Small Jug

POT 126

Egypt or Syria

12th century AD

POT 126
POT 126, view of back

Small Jug

POT 126

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.