Shine like the sun: lustre-painted and associated pottery from the medieval Middle East

Mason, Robert B.
Mazda Publishers in association with Royal Ontario Museum
Call Number
NK3880 .M37 2004
Reference Only
Number of Pages
Library of Congress Subject Heading
Luster-ware, Islamic
Library of Congress Subject Heading 2
Pottery, Medieval

"The glazed ceramics produced in the Islamic world are of tremendous importance to the fields of art history, archaeology, and the history of technology. Unfortunately, their study has been beset by three major problems. Firstly, problems existed with the chronological and typological ordering of the various types, particularly in the relationship between different regions. Secondly, debilitating problems existed regarding the identification of centres of production for these wares. Although there is some documentary and archaeological evidence, it has not been enough in the overwhelming majority of cases to link ceramic types to particular centres with any certainty. Thirdly, technical studies of these wares have previously focused on a few types, while most important technological questions have gone unanswered. Such questions include the origins of tin-opacified glazes, stonepaste bodies, underglaze painting, and other techniques." This study is aimed at approaching these three problems, focusing on the period from the beginning of the Islamic period, up until about 1250. Three chief methodologies have been used. Standard archaeological approaches to pottery classification are used to create a seriated ceramic typology, including study of forms and motif assemblages.