Jug with zoomorphic head, yellowish earthenware
with extensive moulded decoration. This superb
pitcher is composed of two main parts -the
spherical body made of two halves attached in
the middle- and the spout/handle section.
Both sections have been richly decorated with
moulded floral scrolls and blossoming flowers;
on the shoulder Kufic inscription; the cylindrical
neck, separately made then attached to the top
of the body, is decorated with incised vertical
lines, terminating in a horned animal’s head. The
base, surrounding the low foot-ring is decorated
with series of leafs, while at the bottom inside
the ring is blossoming rosette.
Four registers encircle the body, beginning with a
series of joined oblong “lozenges” at the base,
continuing into a floral effect that is slightly
wider and freer than the more detailed panel
above. A series of glyph-like configurations
dominate the upper area, before allowing a more
open space at the neck. The tightly woven
designs of the body, like a complex script, are
beautifully contrasted to the elegant bull's head
attached to the spout. Its stylized nature in fact
adds to its power; with intense, circular eyes,
dramatically curved horns and an ornate pattern
covering the face and neck.
Syria, Umayyad or early Abbasid period, 7th –
early 9th c.
Geza Fehervari - (PF.5124)