A large unglazed sphero-conical pottery Vessel Eastern Persia or Egypt, 10th/ 12th Century
Lot 89
A large unglazed sphero-conical pottery Vessel Eastern Persia or Egypt, 10th/ 12th Century
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,400 - 5,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A large unglazed sphero-conical pottery Vessel
Eastern Persia or Egypt, 10th/ 12th Century
with elongateed body terminating in a pointed base, the shoulders with four applied handles, the sloping, truncated neck with a stopper with small aperture, the decoration stamped and incised, the body with roundels containing hexagons with adorsed birds and with small quatrefoils between, the handles with palmette-filled drop-shaped medallions
30 cm. high

Footnotes

  • Vessels of this form appear throughout the Islamic world in the Medieval period. Their exact use is uncertain although possibilities include hand-grenades, perfume flasks, storage of beverages and tobacco pipes.

    The iconography of the adorsed birds and palmette-filled medallions can be paralled in both Seljuk Persia and Fatimid Egypt, particularly appearing on jewellery.

    For a full discussion of the group and other examples of the type, see Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London, 2004, pp. 128-32.
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