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Asian Art

Bowl with a Spiral Pattern

late 12th–early 13th Century

Stonepaste with black pigment under turquoise glaze (Raqqa ware)

2 3/4 × 10 3/4 in. (7 × 27.3 cm)
Gift of David M. Levitt, B.A. 1938
1958.63.5
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 stonewares and porcelains from China. Made with a combination of clay, silica, and ground glass, or frit, stonepaste was widely used throughout the Islamic world. This bowl illustrates a type of ceramic known as Raqqa ware, which is named for a town in northeast Syria where some of the workshops that produced these ceramics were located. Examples were also found in Turkey and Egypt.
Geography: 
Syria
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Syrian, Islamic
Period: 
Ayyubid period (ca. 1171–1260)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Parish-Watson Collection No. 7, Fig 30; David M. Levitt Collection V.24 New York, NY; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1958

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