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Islamic Terracotta Jug with Moulded Decorations - LO.1308
Origin: Jericho
Circa: 800 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 9.2" (23.4cm) high x 6.1" (15.5cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Terracota


Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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An unglazed jug of zoomorphic features. Zoomorphic vessels were produced both in metal and pottery. Some may have been used as aquamaniles, others as simple whistles; however the function of a large number of these objects remains unclear. Thus, they could have been merely decorative items. The body of this jug is decorated with five different registrars of geometric moulded motifs: an intricate geometrical pattern for the first two ones; a sequence of inscribed rosettes in the middle; a more primitive geometric pattern for the lower level. The upper part of the vessel represents a stylized bull; comprehensive of horns, pierced ears and eyes. Two conical structures are placed on top of its head. The wide opened mouth is used as a spout. Excellent condition. Jug with zoomorphic head, yellowish earthenware with moulded decoration. The lower part of the spherical body carries a large Kufic inscription; on the upper half there are series of small roundels with radiating lines, followed by a second epigraphic band, written in floriated Kufic, the short cylindrical and tapering neck terminates in the shape of a horned bull’’s head with widely opened mouth and a ring below it. Syria, Fatimid period, 11th – 12th century. Geza Fehervari - (LO.1308)

 

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