Bowl

Syria, early 13th century,
Raqqa

Bowl, small, deep, on a high spreading foot. Broken and repaired; foreign restorations.
Clay: soft, buff.
Glaze: Turquoise green; advanced disintegration showing a brillian iridescence.
Decoration: traces of black painting under glaze.

The object is a small bowl that had been repaired previously. The bowl was probably made by putting together at least two different bowls that have similar shape and curvature. There is a blue stripe on the rim and the thickness of the stripe is different between the larger portion and the smaller bowl fragment. The one on the smaller part is thicker. The larger section is decorated with three blue stripes on the interior of the bowl and one blue stripe on the exterior. The smaller one is decorated with two thick stripes on the interior and one on the exterior. There are three paper labels on the bottom of the base that say “Near Eastern Pottery No. 71”, “2085”, and “SI 1443” respectively.

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Historical period(s)
early 13th century
Medium
Stone-paste painted under glaze
Style
Raqqa ware
Dimensions
H x W: 6.9 x 11.7 cm (2 11/16 x 4 5/8 in)
Geography
Syria, Raqqa
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.110a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl (fragmentary)

Keywords
iridescence, Raqqa ware, Syria
Provenance

To 1909
N. Ohan, Jerusalem, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from N. Ohan, through K. Katen, New York, in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2085, as well as Voucher No. 53, April 1909, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

N. Ohan (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Syria, early 13th century,
Raqqa

Bowl, small, deep, on a high spreading foot. Broken and repaired; foreign restorations.
Clay: soft, buff.
Glaze: Turquoise green; advanced disintegration showing a brillian iridescence.
Decoration: traces of black painting under glaze.

The object is a small bowl that had been repaired previously. The bowl was probably made by putting together at least two different bowls that have similar shape and curvature. There is a blue stripe on the rim and the thickness of the stripe is different between the larger portion and the smaller bowl fragment. The one on the smaller part is thicker. The larger section is decorated with three blue stripes on the interior of the bowl and one blue stripe on the exterior. The smaller one is decorated with two thick stripes on the interior and one on the exterior. There are three paper labels on the bottom of the base that say "Near Eastern Pottery No. 71", "2085", and "SI 1443" respectively.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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