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Vase

Label Text

The original greenish-white glaze on this vase is almost entirely covered with the iridescence of decay. Raqqa wares like this one only began to appear on the art market at the turn of the last century, following the excavation of ancient and medieval pottery in northern Mesopotamia, near modern-day Mosul, and in the south, near Baghdad and along the Gulf. Freer was an early enthusiast: he purchased his first piece in 1902 and eventually amassed a substantial collection of Near Eastern ceramics. In Detroit, they were prominently featured throughout the Peacock Room, most notably massed around La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine and in the eye-level shelves along the west wall. Although subsequent connoisseurs and scholars have preferred less ravaged, more highly decorated Islamic ceramics, the complex surface appealed to Freer's aesthetic sensibilities. He regarded this piece as a "good specimen." In his inventory notes he added, "Though damaged, [it] has fortunately escaped the hands of the reckless restorer."

Object Name

Vase

Dated

12th-14th century

Medium

Stone-paste painted under glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 25.4 x 16.4 cm

Country

Syria

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

181

Wall

West

Title

Vase

Object Number

F1905.242

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/F1905.242.jpg

Collection

Tags

Citation

"Vase," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.242, Item #3343, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3343 (accessed November 21, 2017).