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bowl

  • Object:

    Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Khurja (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Majid, Abdul (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    glazed and painted earthenware

  • Museum number:

    IS.3253-1883

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 16, shelf 2

This bowl was bought for the South Kensington Museum by Caspar Purdon Clarke on his purchasing expedition to India made in 1881-2. It was made by the potter Abdul Majid in Khurja, a historic centre of ceramic production said to have been established in the 14th century and still renowned for its ceramic industry. The name of the town in present-day Uttar Pradesh means 'waste land'. According to Sir George Watt in the official catalogue of the Delhi Exhibition of 1902-1903, Indian Art at Delhi, 1903, Khurja had originally produced pottery in a style all of its own, with decoration raised in slight relief by the use of slips in floral patterns picked out in white and blue against a warm orange brown, as here, or pale claret coloured field. Later a rich green-blue was introduced. By the time of the Delhi Exhibition Watt laments that the distinctive style of Khurja had vanished and that their wares imitated those made at Multan with a 'dull and faded' blue, and were made in a number of 'quaint shapes'.

Physical description

The glazed bowl is decorated in slip with interlaced curved dotted lines on the inside and a narrow border of stars in peacock-blue on a darker ground on the outside.

Place of Origin

Khurja (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Majid, Abdul (maker)

Materials and Techniques

glazed and painted earthenware

Dimensions

Height: 8.2 cm, Diameter: 16.8 cm

Historical context note

According to Sir George Watt in the official catalogue of the Delhi Exhibtion, 1902-1903, Indian Art at Delhi, 1903, Khurja had originally produced pottery in a style all of its own with decoration being raised in slight relief by the use of slips in floral patterns picked out in white and blue against a warm orange brown or pale claret coloured field. Later a rich green-blue was introduced. By the time of the Delhi Exhibition Watt laments that the disctinctive style of Khurjar had vanished and that their wares imitated those made at Multan with a 'dull and faded' blue and were made in a number of 'quaint shapes'.

Descriptive line

Pottery, earthenware, glazed, Abdul Majid, Khurja

Materials

Earthenware; Ceramic

Techniques

Throwing; Painting

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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