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Jar

Label Text

The glaze and decoration on this Raqqa ware jar now dated to the twelfth or thirteenth century, is extremely discolored and the surface partially disintegrated. Its abraded greenish glaze, overpainted with luster in shades of brown and cobalt blue, were, however, the vessel's chief attraction for Freer. He described the jar "valuable" and "fine in color." In 1903, when he purchased this vessel from the Paris-based dealer Dikran Kelekian, Freer had only recently turned his attention to ancient and medieval glazed wares from the Near East. As the availability of Japanese art in Western markets began to decline, Kelekian, Siegfried Bing and other dealers looked to the arts of the Islamic world, where recent unofficial excavations had made ceramics and textiles available.

Object Name

Jar

Dated

12th-13th century

Medium

Stone-paste painted under glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 29.0 x 23.8 cm

Country

Syria

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

45

Wall

North

Title

Jar

Object Number

F1903.189

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/F1903.189.jpg

Collection

Tags

Citation

"Jar," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1903.189, Item #3130, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3130 (accessed November 21, 2017).