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Terracotta Jug with Moulded Decoration - LO.579
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 800 AD to 1100 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Earthenware


Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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This jug is made of earthenware. It has been coated with a white slip which is still visible. The body was made of two separate halves and fixed together in the middle. It has a squat globular body and rests on a slightly raised base. The short neck has a slight opening at the top. The handle is attached to the top of the mouth and to the upper half of the body. The lower part of the body consists of vertical spiral lines. The design on the upper part is far more complex: there is a wide decorative register, which consists of bird motifs in relief against a simple ring-matted background. The question arises as to whether the jug was made by moulds or carved. Since the edges of the designs are not very sharp, nor are the reliefs very high, it is beyond doubt that it was made in a separate mould with distinct lower and upper parts. The shape and the decoration of this jug indicate a Khurasan or Central Asian provenance.

This object was most likely a water jug or a drinking vessel.

Unglazed wares represent by far the largest output of the ceramic industry in Islamic times, from the earliest period until the recent past. The continuity of the unglazed wares production is impressive – simple technology for simple function that lasted almost unchanged over millennia. The practical water jug is perhaps the longest lasting object, where the property of clay in cooling and flavoring the water gives it an edge over more modern materials or modern methods of production. (LK) - (LO.579)

 

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