Bowl with a Spiral Pattern Artist: 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 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.


Stonepaste with black pigment under turquoise glaze (Raqqa ware)


2 3/4 × 10 3/4 in. (7 × 27.3 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of David M. Levitt, B.A. 1938

Accession Number



Ayyubid period (ca. 1171–1260)


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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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Object/Work type

bowls (vessels)



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