• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    AN UMAYYAD GREEN GLAZED POTTERY EWER

    NEAR EAST, 8TH/9TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN UMAYYAD GREEN GLAZED POTTERY EWER
    NEAR EAST, 8TH/9TH CENTURY
    With spherical body and faceted tubular neck pinching at the collar and everting slightly before a trough spout, a simple handle linking body and mouth, on vertical flat foot, the shoulder moulded under the glaze with a strong design of reciprocating triangles each filled with geometric motifs, the underside with a lattice of stamped triangles containing trilobed motifs and alternated with small swirls, a similar triangle stamped to the foot, upper section of the neck restored
    8 5/8in. (21.9cm.) high


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    There are a number of 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 intact from this group.

    The geometrical lattice covering the lower part of the body is comparable to that on two moulded pottery jugs, one with covering green glaze sold in these Rooms, 12 October 1999, lot 286 and another with green splashed yellow glaze sold in these Rooms 7 October 2008, lot 5. Both are attributed to 8th century Eastern Mediterranean with a possible attribution to Egypt for the yellow glazed jug. The tall neck and highly inclined spout closely relate to that found on a large Umayyad or early Abbasid green glazed ewer sold in these Rooms, 23 October 2007, lot 50, which has a similar attribution to 8th or 9th century eastern Mediterranean. The shape of the unusual faceted neck and spout is very probably taken from contemporary examples in metalwork, possibly from oil lamps or torch stands.

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