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A Rival to China. Later Islamic pottery – Part One

A Rival to China
Later Islamic pottery


Part One


Peter Morgan and Pedro Moura Carvalho with
contributions by J.M. Rogers, Rosalind Wade
Haddon and Melanie Gibson

This volume is the second of two devoted to the ceramics in the Collection. Here, nearly 400 works produced after the Mongol conquests are presented, dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries and originating in lands both inside and beyond the Islamic world. The volume is a two-part set. The first part starts with the Ilkhanid pottery, which is extensive; it is particularly strong in blue-glazed lajvardina and lustre tilework, although virtually all types are represented (only a sample of the tilework is included, for most will appear in vol. XXIV, Monuments and Memorials). Judicious collecting has also created an important research resource for understanding the transition from Ilkhanid to Timurid styles. The pottery from Timurid Iran and Central Asia of the 15th century is noteworthy both because it is barely represented in other collections and because it enables links between Chinese and Islamic wares to be explored. The first part also includes a small but important group of vessels and sherds from Mamluk Egypt and Syria.

The second part comprises mostly the large Safavid holdings, particularly blue‑and-white, which allows the east-west links to be further addressed. The pottery from the Ottoman realm contributes significantly to further understanding the period. Smaller groups – from Qajar Iran, later Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, China and Japan – demonstrate similarity and diversity in the Islamic world of the 17th–20th centuries and influence beyond.

About the author(s)

Dr Peter Morgan – Former Director, British Institute of Persian Studies, Iran; research interests include Ilkhanid ceramics and tilework

Dr Pedro Moura Carvalho – Former Deputy Director, Art and Programs, The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; specialist in Mughal art and European contributions to the arts of India, Iran, Japan and China post 1500

The late Professor J.M. Rogers – Fellow of the British Academy; Honorary Curator, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art; Former Deputy Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum, London; inaugural Nasser D. Khalili Chair of Islamic Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; specialist in many aspects of Islamic culture and history,  especially Seljuk and Ottoman arts

Dr Rosalind Wade Haddon – Researcher on the Samarra Finds Project, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; specialist in Islamic
ceramics of the 14th century

Dr Melanie Gibson – Participates in a range of academic activities that include teaching and publishing; series editor of the Gingko Library Art Series; specialist in ceramics and glass of the Islamic world


set of two parts; fully illustrated in colour, section on inscriptions with translations; hardback with dust jacket (slipcased); 36 × 26 cm; ISBN: 978-1-874780-87-8

Release date: 2024


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