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The glassy green-white glaze on this Raqqa bottle is almost entirely covered by silvery areas of partial disintegration. The abraded surface and broken neck no deterrent to Freer, however, who purchased it from the Paris-based dealer Dikran Kelekian in the fall of 1905. As the availability of Japanese art in Western markets began to decline, Kelekian and other dealers looked to the arts of the Islamic world, where recent unofficial excavations had made ceramics and textiles available. Raqqa ware like this was especially appealing to Freer. He discerned chromatic harmonies among his already-substantial collection of East Asian ceramics, his tonalist American paintings, and the iridescent glazed vessels from the Near East.

Object Name

Bottle

Dated

12th-14th century?

Medium

Glazed clay

Dimensions

HxW: 18.9 x 13.9 cm

Country

Syria

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

189

Wall

West

Title

Bottle

Object Number

F1905.285

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/F1905.285.jpg

Collection

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Citation

"Bottle," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.285, Item #3355, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3355 (accessed November 21, 2017).