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Large Pottery Jug with Incised Decoration - LO.540
Origin: Afghanistan
Circa: 9 th Century AD to 11 th Century AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high
Collection: Asian
Medium: Buff Earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Large jug with piriform body, long neck and irregular flared mouth, the long strapped handle twisted, placed just below the rim and bent downward onto the belly. The decoration covers the upper part of the belly and includes several concentric bands with vertical lines in relief and a band of triangles and small circlets. Since the edges of the designs are quite sharp and the reliefs rather high, one can safely assume that this jug was carved rather than moulded, thus indicating a date between the 9th and the 11th centuries AD.

Unglazed vessels have been excavated from various official Islamic sites from Syria up to Afghanistan, but often neglected in publications in favour of the smaller number of glazed examples. Both typology and decorative patterns were diffused over a wide area and sometimes attribution remains uncertain. In the case of our vessel, both shape and decoration, which was popular already during the Abbasid period, would indicate a Central Asian origin, possibly from Afghanistan during the early Islamic period.

References: G. Fehervari, Ceramics of the Islamic World, 2000: pp. 189-193. - (LO.540)


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