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Glazed Ewer - LK.287
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 6.29" (16.0cm) high
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Fritware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Elegant bulbous-form body, short strap handle with knop thumb-piece linking the rim to the shoulder, short thin neck with flange, protruding spout terminating in pinch. The bold decoration of parallel vertical stripes in cobalt blue covers the whole surface of the body, leaving undecorated just a brief area above the low ring-foot, and has been associated with Kashan. Although the pigment looks runny, the potter was able to control it masterfully, widening and tapering each stripe, as to accentuate the form of the ewer. Dark band on the shoulder containing inscription, while flange around the neck is similarly decorated. The ewer belongs to an underglaze painted under transparent glaze group of vessels. Opaque white-glazed ware was usually coated with a glaze to which tin oxide had been added, thus contributing to a glossy surface which recalls white porcelain. It is widely believed that such type of glaze was developed in imitation of imported Chinese porcelain; often enough the shapes also recall Chinese porcelain types. Islamic potters though were not satisfied by simply producing plain white pottery; in consequence many vessels were decorated with blue, green, purple and yellow, either monochromatically or in various combinations with luster. - (LK.287)


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