An unglazed jug of zoomorphic features.
Zoomorphic vessels were produced both in metal
Some may have been used as aquamaniles,
as simple whistles; however the function of a
number of these objects remains unclear.
Thus, they could have been merely decorative
The body of this jug is decorated with five
registrars of geometric moulded motifs: an
geometrical pattern for the first two ones; a
sequence of inscribed rosettes in the middle; a
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
The wide opened mouth is used as a spout.
Jug with zoomorphic head, yellowish earthenware
with moulded decoration. The lower part of the
spherical body carries a large Kufic inscription;
the upper half there are series of small roundels
with radiating lines, followed by a second
band, written in floriated Kufic, the short
and tapering neck terminates in the shape of a
horned bull’’s head with widely opened mouth
ring below it.
Syria, Fatimid period, 11th – 12th century.