Small lustre globular jug, entirely painted with a
brownish lustre showing arabesques, floral
scrolls and split palmettes motives, a large
vertical splash of underglaze cobalt blue
("running blue") on one side of the body.
Lustre painting appeared in Syria and Iran when
it disappeared in Egypt, where the Fatimid
empire was falling apart. Hence, an immigration
of skilled potters might have been the reason for
its emergence. The technique was then fully
mastered in Iran during the 12th century and in
Syria in 13th century, when this fine example
was possibly created.