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Spring 2013

Lusterware

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Fatimid luster dish with a female figure holding a cup

“Fatimid art, more than any other art in the history of Islamic Egypt, has dedicated a remarkable place to female representations. Women have been represented not merely as elements in the broader contact of courtly and pastime scenes, but also frequently as individual figures painted on luster ceramics, carved on ivory objects or on marble kilgas.”

JPEG20130918173909120-1Earthenware jug painted in monochrome luster on opaque white glaze, Iraq [probably Basra], tenth century

“The Basran potters three great technological advances of the ninth century – the invention of an opaque white glaze, painting in cobalt blue, and the overglaze luster technique – shaped Islamic as well as Asian and European ceramic traditions for centuries to come…Luster was eventually transmitted to Cairo at the end of the tenth century, presumably by migrant potters from Basra attracted to Egypt but the new patronage of the Fatimid court.”

Images & text from “Metalwork and Material Culture in the Islamic World” by Venetia Porter & Mariam Rosser-Owen

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