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  • Place of origin:

    Iraq (made)
    Basra (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    10th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware (fritware) with lustre decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by G.D. Hornblower, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case S, shelf 3

Physical description

Small bowl (saucer), buff-coloured earthenware (fritware), of shallow form with recessed base on a narrow footring, covered in an opaque white glaze, painted in silver-rich yellow lustre with a spouted ewer with handle on a spreading foot terminating in Kufic-esque split palmettes in the "bevelled" style, within a contour panel on a ground of v-shaped striations, scalloped band at rim. The reverse with three medallions of concentric circles of varied width on a ground of dashes with dots.

Place of Origin

Iraq (made)
Basra (possibly, made)


10th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware (fritware) with lustre decoration


Diameter: 5 in, Height: 1.5 in

Object history note

Said to have been found in excavations at Fostat, Egypt. Originally catalogued as "Persian 12th century". Given by G. D. Hornblower, George David Hornblower (1865-1951) an Egyptologist.

Descriptive line

Bowl, whiteware, lustre-painted in yellow with an ewer; Iraq (probably Basra), 10th century.

Labels and date

White-glazed earthenware painted in lustre.
Found at Fostat.
MESOPOTAMIAN; 9th century
Given by Mr. G.D. Hornblower. [Old gallery label]


Clay; Earthenware; Lustre (ceramics decoration); Glaze




Middle East Section

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