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Hispano-Moresque copper lustre bowl - MS.1991
Origin: Spain
Dimensions: 2.2" (5.6cm) high x 11.5" (29.2cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Style: Hispano-Moresque
Medium: Earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Hispano-Moresque copper lustre ceramic bowl, with deeply sloping sides and stylised floral and vegetal decoration of carnations around the central depiction of a bird. Hispano-Moresque pottery, as its name indicates, was made in Spain. Its origin can be traced back to the 9th century, when Near Eastern potters, probably from Iraq, set up their kilns in Tunisa in order to produce lustre- painted tiles for the decoration of mosques and Fatimid palaces. Later on these potters moved to Moorish Spain. By the 13th century lustre-painted pottery was produced in large numbers in Malaga. The history of lustre-painted pottery in Spain may be divided into two major periods: the first one before the Reconquesta, and the second after the Reconquesta, when at the end of the 15th century, Muslims were deported to North Africa. Nevertheless a lot of Muslims became Christians, and therefore they were allowed to stay in Spain and continue to make pottery in the Islamic style. - (MS.1991)


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