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Jar and cover

Jar and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Fez (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Given by George Maw

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 32, shelf 6 []

This lidded jar, or jubbana, was originally created to store and serve butter. It was made in Fez, an important centre for Moroccan pottery, where professional male potters made decorative tableware for urban consumers. The jar was donated to the V&A by George Maw, founder of Maw & Co., a British manufacturer of ceramic tiles. The company won many medals and awards at the international exhibitions which were a feature of the late 19th century. This jar was displayed at the 1871 Annual International Exhibition held in London.

Physical description

Lidded earthenware jar. Polychrome decoration with spots of unfired red pigment applied over the glaze.

Place of Origin

Fez (made)


ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Diameter: 15.5 cm, Height: 22 cm (including lid)

Object history note

Accessions register entry: 'Jar with Cover. Glazed earthenware, with decoration in bright colours. Moorish (Fez). (Annual International Exhibition, 1871.) H 8 ½ in., diam. of base 4 ½ in. Given by G. Maw, Esq.'

Descriptive line

Jar and cover, tin-glazed earthenware, painted in colours, Morocco (Fez), ca. 1870






Africa; Ceramics


Middle East Section

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