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Green Glazed Ewer with Zoomorphic Spout - LK.183
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 13 th Century AD
Dimensions: 9.0" (22.9cm) high x 6.6" (16.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Glazed Earthenware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Earthenware ewer with globular body composed by two mould-made halves, the seam carefully rubbed down; short cylindrical neck bearing zoomorphic (bovine?)spout with filling hole at the back of the head and pierced snout, connected to neck by short cylindrical strut, simple applied square-section handle connects the shoulder to the rim of the neck; body decorated by reliefs beneath lead-based green glaze covering the whole of the body besides slight parts of the low ring-foot left unglazed. The upper body is decorated by a motif of triangles the space in- between altrnatively filled by six-tier rosettes and quatrefoils bordered by pearls; lower half of the body is decorated by a series of interposing triangles, the interstices filled with spear-shaped leafs; two short bands of indentations on the back side of the neck; animalistic narrow head crowned by tuft, with long muzzle and two large circular eyes, flanked by rounded pierced ears and twin triangular horns. During the 7th century, Islamic ceramic industry was revolutionised by the adoption of the practise of glazing vessels. The same vessels, hitherto unglazed, were treated with lead-based glazes, which transformed surfaces with their rich colour and glossy finish and would become the markers of a tradition that would endure over many centuries. The period is also notable for an increased level of production and a wider distribution of glazed wares. The purpose of glazing a vessel evolved from a purely functional and practical use – the glaze rendering the vessel impermeable to the liquids it was designed to contain – to an aesthetic achievement. The standard of finish in this ewer is exceptional. The quality and vivacity of the decoration in combination with the technical realisation, makes it the embodiment of both an aesthetic and practical function. - (LK.183)


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