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11th - 12th Century Syria: Ceramics (Images)

Updated: Apr 17, 2022

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Mid 12th Century. Aleppo, Syria.

Named after the find‑spot (Tell Minis) of a cache near Aleppo but produced at unidentified centers, this luster is characterized by a reddish hue because of its low silver content. Stonepaste; luster-painted on transparent glaze. H. 2 1/8 in. ( 5.4 cm) Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm). Accession no. 66.37.


12th Century. Syria. Earthenware; glazed. H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm) Diam. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm). Accession no. 29.160.17.


12th Century. Raqqa, Syria. Six glazed tiles.

Stonepaste; carved, turquoise glaze. H. 67 in. (170.2 cm) W. 7 in. (17.8 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm). Accession no. 10.56.1.


12th Century. Formerly attributed to Iran. Now thought to be Syrian. Stonepaste; carved, incised, polychrome painted under a transparent glaze (Laqabi ware). H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm) W. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm). Accession no. 1979.210.


12th Century. Syria. Earthenware; molded, modeled, glazed in turquoise. With winged griffins and inscriptions. Inscribed on each side with: Perpetual prosperity. H. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm) W. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm) D. 10 in. (25.4 cm). Accession no. 57.61.13.


12th Century. Raqqa, Syria. Stonepaste; underglaze- and luster-painted, transparent colorless-greenish glaze. H. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm) Max. Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm). Accession no. 48.113.14.


Second half of the 12th Century. Raqqa, Syria. Stonepaste; glazed in transparent colorless glaze, in-glaze- and luster-painted, with scratches in the luster. Inscription in kufic, untranslated "blessings". Inscription in naskhi, untranslated. H. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm) W. 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm) D. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm) Wt. 15.5 oz. (439.5 g). Accession no. 48.113.9.


12th Century. Raqqa, Syria. Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze. H. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Diam. 10 3/8 (26.4 cm). Accession no. 34.71.


11th-12th Century. Syria. Stonepaste; glazed and luster painted with scratches on the luster. Dimensions not listed. Accession no. 13.190.197.


12th Century. Raqqa, Syria. Stonepaste; underglaze painted. H. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Diam. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm). Accession no. 56.185.11.

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