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Kashan Lustre Painted Jug - LO.1013
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Fritware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Small fritware jug painted in luster over a transparent glaze, the globular body decorated with large horizontal bands filled with foliage motifs above a calligraphic band. The upright neck featuring a band of ve. The whole resting on a small vertical compartments filled with swirls and foliage below a calligraphic register and above a plain white band. The glaze terminating just short of the foot ring whihc was left bare.

Lustreware was possibly imported from Egypt at the end of the Fatimid period and then fully mastered by the Persian potters by the mid 12th century CE. During this period, Muslim potters developed a new and finer material than clay, "frit" consisting of about ten parts crushed quartz, one part white clay and one part glass frit made by melting crushed quarts and potash and crushing the substance again.

Preoccupation with surface decoration reached new levels of technical sophistication with the use of metal-based "luster" pigments—a combination of copper and silver—in twelfth- century Iran. The pigment was applied to the cold body of an already glazed tile or vessel, which was refired in a specially constructed kiln that allowed the metallic oxides to adhere to the vessel. The result was a shimmering lustrous surface rivaling those of gold and silver metal objects. - (LO.1013)


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