Jar with Vegetal Motifs Maker: Unknown

late 12th–early 13th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

The development of new types of clay bodies in Syria in the tenth century C.E. was a response to the introduction of high-fired stoneware and porcelain from China. Stonepaste—made with a combination of clay, silica, and ground glass or frit—first developed in Iran in the ninth century C.E. and was widely used throughout the Islamic world. This bowl is an example of Raqqa ware, a ceramic type named after a town in northeastern Syria where some of the workshops that produced these pieces were located. Raqqa ware has also been found in Turkey and Egypt.


Stonepaste with black under turquoise glaze (Raqqa ware)


11 1/4 × 8 1/2 in. (28.58 × 21.59 cm)

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The Anna Rosalie Mansfield Collection

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Ayyubid period (ca. 1171–1260)


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Burton Mansfield (1856–1932), New Haven, Conn; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930
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