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Acquired in 1952 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
K├╝hnel, Ernst, "Die Abbasidischen L├╝sterfayencen", Ars Islamica, I, 1934, p. 154, fig. 3
collection_code
MES
credit
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Bryan Bequest
date_end
0854-12-31
date_start
0845-01-01
date_text
ca. 850 (made)
descriptive_line
Whiteware dish with geometric decoration in lustre, Iraq (probably Basra),ca. 850.
dimensions
Diameter: 34.3 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
Islamic Middle East, room 42
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
10320
label
DISH White-glazed earthenware painted in yellow and brown lustre MESOPOTAMIAN; mid 9th century [Used until 11/2003] Whiteware Dish with Lustre Iraq, probably Basra About 850 An important innovation by Iraqi potters was the use of metallic lustre to decorate their whitewares. Like some contemporary glass, this large, flat dish was painted in two colours of lustre, yellow and brown. This combination is thought to represent the earliest phase of lustre production in ceramics. Earthenware with lustre painted over the opaque glaze Museum no. C.45-1952. Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund [Jameel Gallery]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:54:51.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:54:51.000Z
latitude
30.485809
location
Islamic Middle East, room 42, case 2W
longitude
47.807911
marks
materials
earthenware, Clay, Lustre, opaque white glaze
materials_techniques
Earthenware with lustre painting on an opaque white glaze
museum_number
C.45-1952
museum_number_token
c451952
object_number
O7361
object_type
Dish
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Wide flat dish with broad rim, painted in bi-tone lustre divided into simple geometric shapes each filled with further patterning
place
Basra
primary_image_id
2006AF7242
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This large, flat dish has lustre decoration in yellow and brown. Experts think this two-colour combination, seen also in some contemporary glass, represents the earliest phase of lustre production in ceramics. Potters in Iraq invented the technique of lustre decoration on ceramics in the 9th century. First they made a glazed vessel or tile with little or no decoration in the normal way. When the piece had cooled, a design was painted over the glaze in metallic compounds. The pot or tile was then fired again, this time with a restricted supply of oxygen. In these conditions, the metallic compounds broke down, and a thin deposit of copper or silver was left on the surface of the glaze. When polished, this surface layer reflected the light.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
dish-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
glazing, lustre-painted
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
854
year_start
845