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Jug

  • Place of origin:

    Iznik (possibly, made)
    Turkey

  • Date:

    1380-1480 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, slip-covered, underglaze painted in cobalt blue, and glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Charles Marling

  • Museum number:

    C.114-1909

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 27, shelf 1

Potters in Ottoman Turkey reponded to costly imported Chinese blue-and-white porcelain by disguising their red earthenware vessels with a white tin-glazed slip; vessels were then painted in cobalt blue before glazing. Their geometric designs show only a distant understanding of the Chinese porcelains that inspired them.

These imitations, made over a long period, probably from the 14th century to the early 16th, were widely distributed. It was first excavated in the ruins of ancient Miletus in south-west Turkey, and consequently, came to be known as 'Miletus ware', however, as wasters and kiln debris of this type of ware have been excavated at Iznik in north-west Turkey, much is now attributed to Iznik, although it may also have been made elsewhere.

Physical description

Jug of red earthenware, 'Miletus ware', painted in black on a white slip and covered with a clear glaze. Depressed bulbous body painted with arabesques, a striped loop handle, and a wide cylindrical neck decorated with vertical stripes below a band of interlaced ornament.

Place of Origin

Iznik (possibly, made)
Turkey

Date

1380-1480 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, slip-covered, underglaze painted in cobalt blue, and glazed

Dimensions

Height: 18.1 cm, Diameter: 13.3 cm

Descriptive line

Jug of red earthenware, 'Miletus-ware', painted in black on a white slip and covered with a clear glaze, Turkey, (possibly Iznik), late 14th/15th century.

Production Note

register notes Ar-Raqqah

Materials

Earthenware; Slip; Glaze

Techniques

Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Stripes; Arabesques; Interlacing

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

Middle East Section

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