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Unknown (potter)


Oscar Raphael


glazed earthenware
Islamic pottery (sub-category)lustreware (sub-category)






earthenware coated in white glaze painted in polychrome lustre

pinkish earthenware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted in yellow and brown lustre Shape: conical bowl with slightly out-turned rim sitting on a low foot ring. Interior: the rim is painted with brown lustre. On the body, radiating from a central point, three tear-drop shaped cartouche, containing yellow leaves dotted with brown, possibly symbolise elements of a palmette tree. These are separated by roughly circular cartouche containing further yellow or brown leaves. In the background, dots and dashes painted in yellow and brown. Exterior: two rows of thick yellow dashed lines radiate from the base towards the rim; on the underside of the foot ring a single dashed line is painted. Glaze extends over the vessel with the exception of the rim of the foot ring.

Production Place

Iraq (potter) (country) ()


height: (whole): 4.5 cm
width: (whole): 13.6 cm
diameter: (rim): 13.6 cm
diameter: (base): 5.2 cm
weight: (whole): 130 g


9th Century


circa 800 to 899


bequeathed: Raphael, Oscar C. 1905-04-24 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Bought from Garabed , Sept 1923. Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael, 1941, received 1946

Oscar Raphel Bequest


  1. label
    Position: exterior base (underside of foot ring)
    Method: hand written in black
    Content: 8
    Description: circular paper label
    Interpretation: possibly old object label


  1. Grube, Ernst J. (1976) Islamic Pottery of the Eighth to the Fifteenth Century in the Keir Collection, London [page: 44-80]
    [comments: Cf. bowls in polychrome lustre with abstract palmette trees see catalogue numbers 11-15. Cf. exterior decoration Type A (p. 50). Ref. on Abbasid lustre]
  2. Watson, Oliver (2004) Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London: Thames & Hudson [page: 182-197]
    [comments: Cf. Abbasid polychrome lustre, including those with stylised trees see Cat. E.5 (p. 187). Ref. on Abbasid lustre]
  3. Mason, Robert, B. (2004) Shine Like the Sun: Lustre-Painted and Associated Pottery from the Medieval Middle East, California: Maznda Publications [page: 23-59]
    [comments: Cf. vessel shape see SSA.24, BRM.05 (figure 3.10). Ref. on Abbasid lustre]
  4. Pancaroğlu, O (2007) Perpetual Glory Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection, Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago [page: 44-57]
    [comments: Cf. polychrome Abbasid lustre catalogue nos 4-7. Ref. Abbasid lustre]

Other Notes

Accession Number

OC.144-1946 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 77572; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-05-04)

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