Ca. 9th century AD
A nicely shaped Abbasid glazed pottery cup imitating Chinese porcelain wares, resting upon a short flared stem. Hailing from Iraq, the interior of the vessel is embellished with a central blue quatrefoil design, with a dotted blue pattern encircling the rim. The cream coloured glaze is adorned with a faint iridescence, which also decorates the exterior. The exterior is also adorned with a pattern of recessed dots, which encircle the body of the vessel.
The Abbasid dynasty overthrew the preceding Umayyads and instigated the movement of the capital to Baghdad in AD 750. This stimulated contact with cultures further east and, as a result of this, European influence waned and a preference for Chinese art became apparent in the ceramic production of the region.
Provenance: Private London collection of Early Islamic Art - M.A.; formerly acquired on the UK art market in the 1980s.
ABBASID CERAMIC BOWL IMITATING CHINESE PORCELAIN WARES
L: 80mm / W: 140mm ; 220g