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Cup

Arts of the Islamic World

Pastiches, or ceramics “restored” in the early twentieth century by dealers, often with pieces from different objects, including wasters. X-rays (see monitor at right) reveal that many vessel handles were fabricated with metal wires and fills were added, to make the pieces more readily saleable in the art market. Overpainting and purposeful weathering of the surfaces made the objects look as if they had been found intact.
CULTURE Mesopotamian
MEDIUM Ceramic; fritware, painted in black and cobalt blue under a transparent glaze; heavy iridescence; rim and handle repaired
  • Possible Place Made: Syria
  • DATES 13th century
    PERIOD Ayyubid
    DIMENSIONS 4 x 6 7/8 in. (10.2 x 17.5 cm) (Dimensions not verified as of 5/18/08; LA)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 08.23
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mesopotamian. Cup, 13th century. Ceramic; fritware, painted in black and cobalt blue under a transparent glaze; heavy iridescence; rim and handle repaired, 4 x 6 7/8 in. (10.2 x 17.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 08.23. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.23_side1_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE side, 08.23_side1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large cup with a low foot, straight sides sharply canted above the foot and slightly tapering toward the mouth, with a wide, almost flat mouth rim and one curved handle that springs from the lower part of the body to the outer edge of the mouth rim. Soft grayish, sandy (siliceous) pottery covered with a transparent colorless lead glaze, now iridescent, which ends in an uneven line on the lower part of the body, and decorated on the outside with a wide band of intricate vine scrolls in cobalt blue under the glaze. The design is partially hidden by the iridescence. The mouth rim has been broken and repaired, and there are kiln blemishes on the bottom inside of the bowl.
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