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Asian Art

Jar with Vegetal Motifs

late 12th–early 13th century

Stonepaste with black pigment under transparent turquoise glaze (Raqqa ware)

11 1/4 × 8 1/2 in. (28.58 × 21.59 cm)
The Anna Rosalie Mansfield Collection
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.
Raqqa, Syria
On view
Syrian, Islamic
Ayyubid period (ca. 1171–1260)
Containers - Ceramics

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

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