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  • Place of origin:

    Turkestan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with underglaze decoration on a white slip ground

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Charles Marling KCMG, CB

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A variety of boldly decorated ceramics were made in Central Asia in the 19th century. These included brightly coloured slipwares from Bukhara, Samarkand and Rishtan, as well as white-glazed wares, painted in blue and purple, from Kokand.

There is no evidence that these wares were made in continuation of an earlier local tradition. They are frequently found in Western collections, and it is likely that the West was an important market. So, although this appears to be traditional "peasant" pottery made by and for local communities, it may actually be a conscious attempt to capitalise on the desire for such traditional goods among modern consumers.

Physical description

Grey earthenware dish, covered with a white slip and painted in blue and green under a clear glaze. In the middle is a cinquefoil design in a medallion, from which radiate almond-shaped leaves, each enclosed in a compartment. The back of the rim is painted with radial bands in manganese-purple.

Place of Origin

Turkestan (made)


ca. 1800-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with underglaze decoration on a white slip ground

Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 38.7 cm

Descriptive line

Earthenware dish with painted decoration on a white slip ground, Turkestan, 19th century.


Slip; Glaze; Earthenware


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Medallion; Cinquefoil


Ceramics; Earthenware


Middle East Section

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