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Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Room 31 | Islamic Middle East gallery

Explore artefacts made over a period of more than 1000 years in the heart of the Islamic world.

Islamic Middle East gallery

Why pots?

Decorated pottery is not usually the most highly regarded or expensive of the arts in any culture, but is very widely made and used. Pottery breaks, but it does not decay, rust or rot, and it cannot be recycled. It therefore survives in large quantities where other materials have disappeared.

Pottery can be used to follow technical developments, to understand fashions in style, to judge economic activity and to track trade across the continents.

Storage jar (EA2005.85) Storage jar (EA2005.85)

The sherds below were found in the site of Fustat, the early Islamic city which became the rubbish dump for the new city of Cairo, capital of Egypt, in the late 1100s. They include a variety of pieces made in Egypt, imported from Syria and Iraq, as well as pieces of Chinese manufacture imported as part of an active trade across the Indian Ocean to South-east Asia and beyond.

Rim fragment with part of base (EAP.465) Rim fragment with part of base (EAP.465)   Rim fragment with part of base (EAP.579) Rim fragment with part of base (EAP.579)   Rim fragment (EAP.506) Rim fragment (EAP.506)
Base fragment with fish (EAP.265) Base fragment with fish (EAP.265)   Base fragment with phoenix (EA1978.2439) Base fragment with phoenix (EA1978.2439)   Base fragment of a bowl with blue rosette (EA1978.2442) Base fragment of a bowl with blue rosette (EA1978.2442)
Base fragment with floral decoration in blue on white (EAP.379) Base fragment with floral decoration in blue on white (EAP.379)   Fragment from a vessel with bird (EAP.2684) Fragment from a vessel with bird (EAP.2684)   Greenware potsherd (EAP.2706) Greenware potsherd (EAP.2706)
Base fragment with hare (EA1978.2398) Base fragment with hare (EA1978.2398)   Potsherd with floral decoration (EAP.2709) Potsherd with floral decoration (EAP.2709)
Notice

Objects may have since been removed or replaced from a gallery. Click into an individual object record to confirm whether or not an object is currently on display. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis, so contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular Eastern Art object.

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