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Bowl fragment

Bowl fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Samarra (made)
    Iran (photographed)

  • Date:

    9th century
    1902-1905 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sevruguin, Antoin (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Thrown, tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Credit Line:

    The research, cataloguing and digitisation of the V&A's Samarra collection has been made possible by a pilot project grant from the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (2013).

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fragment of the rim of a bowl, earthenware of a pinky-buff calcareous clay with crushed frit, covered with a tin-opacified lead glaze and painted with short strokes of manganese-purple or aubergine pigment forming a triangular pattern. A few short strokes of purple are on the rim and exterior

Place of Origin

Samarra (made)
Iran (photographed)


9th century
1902-1905 (photographed)


Sevruguin, Antoin (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Thrown, tin-glazed earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions



:, : 9.7 cm, Width: 10.1 cm, Thickness: 0.8-1.2 cm

Descriptive line

Fragment of a bowl, opaque white ware with aubergine splashes; Iraq (Samarra), 9th century.

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

Sarre, Friedrich, Ernst Herzfeld and Hans Arnold, Die Keramik von Samarra. Die Ausgrabungen von Samarra II, Forschungen zur islamischen Kunst Abt. 2, Bd. 2 (Berlin: Verlag von D. Reimer, 1925).
Wood, N., Doherty, C. and Rosser-Owen, M., “A technological study of Iraqi copies of Chinese Changsha and Chinese sancai wares found at Samarra", Gu Taoci Kexue Jishu (Proceedings of the International Symposium on Ancient Ceramics) 8 (2009): pp. 154-179.
Priestman, Seth M.N., 'Opaque glazed wares: the definition, dating and distribution of a key Iraqi ceramic export in the Abbasid period,' Iran XLIX (2011): 89-114.
'Camera Orientalis' by Ali Behdad, University of Chicago Press. London and Chicago, 2016. Page 92.


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