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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    AN UMAYYAD GREEN AND YELLOW GLAZED POTTERY JUG

    EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, POSSIBLY EGYPT, 8TH CENTURY

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    AN UMAYYAD GREEN AND YELLOW GLAZED POTTERY JUG
    EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, POSSIBLY EGYPT, 8TH CENTURY
    The shouldered rounded body with widening tubular neck and mouth, a simple handle with small ball knop linking the shoulder and mouth, the shoulder moulded under the green and yellow glaze with a band of four arches each filled with lozenge-motifs on dotted ground, the lower half of the body and the neck with alternating splashes of green and yellow glaze, repaired breaks, minor areas of restoration
    8¼in. (20.7cm.) high


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    A green glazed ewer of similar but more attenuated form was sold in these Rooms 12 October 1999, lot 286; that lot in turn relates closely to a very large ewer sold here 23 October 2007, lot 50. The note to the second of these discusses the group and its origin.

    There are a number of further pieces of glazed relief ware decorated in fashions similar to that seen in the present flask, which most authorities write about as a coherent group. Vessels and fragments have been found in a number of Early Islamic sites, including Samarra, Susa, Rosen-Ayalon, Hira, al-Mina and Tarsus. Very few vessels have however survived complete let alone intact from this group.

    It is the colouring of the present ewer that makes it stand out, particularly with the brilliant yellow colour used in contrast to the more normal green. This combination is one that seems to be particularly found in pottery associated with Egypt (Helen Philon, Benaki Museum Athens, Early Islamic Ceramics, London, 1980, plates I and in particular II B and D).

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