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Jar

Label Text

According to the Paris-based dealer Dikran Kelekian, from whom Freer acquired it in 1903, this jar was excavated from a Persian tomb and was two thousand years old. Despite its advanced state of archaeological decay, the vessel, which is actually an example of Syrian Raqqa ware, dates to the medieval period—the eleventh through the thirteenth century. For Freer, who had only begun to acquire Near Eastern ceramics in 1902, the iridescent, highly degraded turquoise glaze and the rough surface texture of this vessel was one of its chief attractions. He went on to amass a significant collection, many of which were prominently displayed in the Peacock Room in Detroit.

Object Name

Jar

Dated

11th-12th century

Medium

Stone-paste painted with glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 34.6 x 21.7 cm

Country

Syria

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

42

Wall

North

Title

Jar

Object Number

F1903.227

Freer Source

Dikran G. Kelekian

Freer Source City

Paris

Freer Source Country

France

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1903.227.jpg

Collection

Tags

Citation

"Jar," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1903.227, Item #3127, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3127 (accessed November 18, 2017).