Terracotta Ewer with spout shaped in the
form of a
birds head with moulded eyes and beak
pouring hole; ovoid- shaped body standing
tall, bell foot; slender, concave-sided neck
prominent moulded flange at base; arched
surmounted by pomegranate finial; superb,
iridescent green-glaze over whole.
When, in 7th century, the Islamic Arab armies
overran the major part of the Near East, they
discovered several well-established pottery
which had seen little change in technical skill
artistic traditions over several millennia.
pottery was invented and introduced in Egypt
the fourth millennium BCE before spreading
Central Asia. The manufacture of these
glazed vessels continued throughout the
period right up to early Islamic times.
Given to the continuity of shapes, pastes,
and decoration over the centuries it is difficult
distinguish between pre-Islamic and early
vessels. Though in this case the refinement of
shape and evolution of the zoomorphic spout
suggest a later date of manufacture.