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Large turquoise glazed jar - MS.213
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 7 th Century AD to 9 th Century AD
Dimensions: 35.4" (89.9cm) high
Collection: Early Islamic Art
Medium: Glazed earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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A large Umayyad or early Abbasid period turquoise glazed jar, very possibly from Syria or western Iran and dated circa between the 7th-9th centuries. The ovoid body has been moulded with a double parallel band of beading around the shoulder, with eight arched strap handles between the shoulder and the flanged rim. The distinctive silvery iridescence offset by the turquoise glaze only adds to the jar's decorative appeal. This type of alkaline-glazed pottery was mainly intended for storage of food items or drinking water and had been produced in kilns along the Upper Euphrates since at least the Parthian Empire (247 BC - 224 AD) continuing through the Umayyad and early Abbasid periods, with very subtle, almost imperceptible, changes in shape and design. The story of such jars is also extremely fascinating, considering that similar examples have been found as far afield as the Fujian Province, on the southeast coast of mainland China. Three similar turquoise-glazed jars, testament to the trading activities of Persian and Arab merchants along the southern coast of China at this time were discovered in a female mausoleum-type granite tomb discovered at Lotus Peak on the outskirts of Fuzhou in the Fujian Province, dedicated to one Liu Hua, who died in A.D. 930, wife of King Wang Yangjun of the Min Kingdom (A.D. 909-945). - (MS.213)


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