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Acquired in 1924 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Tim Stanley ed., with Mariam Rosser-Owen and Stephen Vernoit, Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Middle East, London, V&A Publications, 2004; p. 112, plate 124
collection_code
MES
credit
date_end
0900-12-31
date_start
0800-01-01
date_text
9th century (made)
descriptive_line
Glazed earthenware bowl with geometric painting in blue, Iraq (probably Basra), 9th century.
dimensions
Diameter: 20.8 cm, Height: 6 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum (The Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 14/01/2006-16/04/2006) Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo 01/10/2005-04/12/2005) Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas 03/04/2005-04/09/2005) Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum (National Gallery of Art, Washington 18/07/2004-06/02/2005)
gallery
Islamic Middle East, room 42
historical_context_note
Long-haul trading voyages to China were underway from as early as the eighth century, and Chinese porcelains were imported into the Abbasid imperial cities. These porcelains were so admired that Islamic potters began to experiment with imitating their bright whiteness, and consequently invented the technique of opacifying the glaze by adding particles of tin. This provided a blank ‘canvas’, to which the potters soon began to add decoration in cobalt blue. The Abbasid wares have long been thought of as the world’s first blue-and-white, though it is still unknown whether or not ninth-century Chinese ceramics with blue decoration came first.
historical_significance
history_note
id
18
label
BOWL White-glazed earthenware painted in blue. MESOPOTAMIAN ; 9th century [Used until 11/2003] Decorated Whiteware Bowls Iraq, probably Basra 800-900 Once Iraqi potters could successfully imitate Chinese whitewares, they began to treat the white surface of their ceramics as a blank canvas. Splashed decoration in copper green and other colours was inspired by Chinese models, but painting into the glaze in cobalt blue was a local innovation, which resulted in the world's first blue-and-white ceramics. Earthenware with decoration painted and splashed into the opaque glaze Museum nos. C.1447-1924; C.12-1947 [Jameel Gallery]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:17:30.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:17:30.000Z
latitude
30.485809
location
Islamic Middle East, room 42, case 2W
longitude
47.807911
marks
materials
earthenware, Clay, glaze
materials_techniques
Earthenware, with blue painting in an opaque white glaze
museum_number
C.1447-1924
museum_number_token
c14471924
object_number
O7351
object_type
Bowl
on_display
true
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Earthenware bowl with decoration painted and splashed into the opaque glaze.
place
Basra
primary_image_id
2006AG4292
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
Glazed ceramics were not widely used in the pre-Islamic Middle East, but in the 8th and 9th centuries, they began to assume the important role they have today. High-fired ceramics from China, first brought to Iraq by sea in the 8th century, were one stimulus for this change. In the early 9th century Iraqi potters began to imitate elegant white bowls imported from China. They used the local yellow clay, which they masked with an opaque white glaze. Soon they began to add new forms and decoration of different types in blue, green and metallic lustre. Once Iraqi potters could successfully imitate Chinese whiteware, they began to treat the white surface of their ceramics as a blank canvas. Painting into the glaze in cobalt blue was a local innovation, which resulted in the world's first blue-and-white ceramics.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
bowl-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
glazing
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
900
year_start
800