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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Port St. Symeon (This dish was found at Port Saint Symeon (also known as Port St. Simeon), now al-Mina/Samandag, Turkey. Chemical analysis of a sample taken from the dish, subjected to neutron activation analysis in 2004/5 by Scott Redford and M. James Blackman, confirm that the dish is part of a group assigned to Port Saint Symeon production., made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1188-1268 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with incised decoration (Coloured Sgraffito Ware).

  • Credit Line:

    Given on behalf of the Archaeological Expedition to North Syria, by Sir Leonard Woolley

  • Museum number:

    C.299-1937

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 33, shelf 7

Physical description

Dish, buff earthenware, of shallow form with a broad flat everted rim with distinctive raised inner edge, narrow foot-ring. The front is covered with white slip, which has been incised with an interlaced (also described as 'tetralobed guilloche' and 'centriform knotted') motif issuing feather or leaf motifs in reserve panels with cross-hatched panels in the interstices in the well and a running split-palmette scroll around the rim within concentric line bands. Details are splashed in copper-green and antimony- or lead-yellowish-brown pigment. Covered in a clear glaze. Restored.

Place of Origin

Port St. Symeon (This dish was found at Port Saint Symeon (also known as Port St. Simeon), now al-Mina/Samandag, Turkey. Chemical analysis of a sample taken from the dish, subjected to neutron activation analysis in 2004/5 by Scott Redford and M. James Blackman, confirm that the dish is part of a group assigned to Port Saint Symeon production., made)

Date

ca. 1188-1268 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with incised decoration (Coloured Sgraffito Ware).

Dimensions

Diameter: 26.5 cm taken from Register

Object history note

Found on the Crusaders' site of Port St. Symeon (Al Mina) near Antioch.

Descriptive line

Dish, earthenware, slip-covered and incised with an interlaced foliate motif, with splashes of green and yellow under the glaze. North Syria, Port Saint Symeon (Al-Mina), near Antioch, 1188-1268.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lane, Arthur, Medieval finds at Al Mina in North Syria, London, 1938
Woolley, Sir Leonard, A Forgotten Kingdom, Baltimore, 1953

Sevcenko, Nancy P., 'Some Thirteenth Century Pottery at Dumbarton Oaks', Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 28 (1974)

Frierman, Jay D., Medieval Ceramics VI to XIII Centuries, exhibition catalogue, University of California, Los Angeles, 1975
Redford, Scott N. and Blackman, M. James, "Neutron Activation Analysis of Medieval Ceramics from Kinet, Turkey, especially Port Saint Symeon Ware."Ancient Near Eastern Studies; 42 (2005) pp. 83-186, Group II-MM, p. 142, Figure 26.

Production Note

Found on the Crusaders' site of Port Saint Symeon (Al Mina), near Antioch.

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Incising

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware; Slipware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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