Antique Mamluk Medieval 13th-14th centuries A. An antique Medieval 13th-14th centuries A.
(597 AH - 803 AH) Egypt. Islamic Mamluk period footed dish.
The red clay body of a shallow, circular form with an everted rim rests on three short cabriolet legs. The interior is painted under the glaze in dark brown on an amber color background with a large flower head with cusped lip formed by a central bud with eight emerging petals. This particular type of Mamluk-period earthenware, with a heavily potted red clay body and painted in a dark brown pattern on an amber background, is found during excavations in Egypt and throughout the Mamluk realm. MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 25.5 cm (10.04 inches).Height: 6.5 cm (2.56 inches). CONDITION: Clean breaks, expertly repaired, some small losses along the repair lines, commensurate with the age of the dish, which is over 600 years old. The exterior and interior have a beautiful iridescence/pearlescence.
Mamluk ceramic is considered very rare compared to other medieval Islamic ceramics. Few Mamluk ceramics have survived to the present day, most broken and with missing parts since most of it comes from archaeological excavations. This particular dish can be considered one of the best preserved Mamluk ceramic ware known.REFERENCES: For related Mamluk ceramic, please see: 1. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks" by Esin Atil. Ceramics from Islamic Lands: Kuwait National Museum. The al-Sabah Collection (London, 2004).
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