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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    A FATIMID FAYYOUM WARE GLAZED POTTERY HANDLED JAR

    EGYPT, 11TH CENTURY

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    A FATIMID FAYYOUM WARE GLAZED POTTERY HANDLED JAR
    EGYPT, 11TH CENTURY
    Rising from short foot through rounded body to tall cyclindrical neck with slightly everted rim, with three simple handles linking the body and the neck, the light green surface decorated with alternating splashes of light green and manganese, some chips to the glaze, otherwise intact
    12 1/8in. (31.3cm.) high


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    A small number of dishes are known which have been given the name "Fayyoum Ware" since a number of fragments of this ware were found in Fayyoum province a little way south west of Cairo (Mohamed Mostafa, Moslem Ceramics, Cairo, 1956, p.15, pl.45 and cover; see also Helen Philon, Benaki Museum, Athens, Early Islamic Ceramics, London, 1980, figs.95-97 and plate IIIA). They are typically decorated with coloured stripes in yellow, green, manganese and yellow, in a glaze that runs very heavily, as is seen here. The present jar is a very rare form for this ware; almost all the known pieces are dishes with a short everted rim.

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    Provenance

    Adda Family Collection, formed in Alexandria in the first half of the 20th century.