Syrian / Pyxis / second half of the 11th centurySyrian
second half of the 11th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Syrian
Creator Name-CRT: Syrian
Title: Pyxis
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1050
Creation End Date: 1099
Creation Date: second half of the 11th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramics
Materials and Techniques: Composite body; luster-painted
Dimensions: Total H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); Bowl H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm); Lid H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); Max. Diam. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1998.298ab
Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Harvey and Elizabeth Plotnick Gift, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art,1998

This type of luster-painted pottery is known as "Tell Minis," after the name of a village in Central Syria where a number of these ceramics were found, though there is no evidence proving they were potted there. The condition of this well-proportioned lidded bowl is exceptional, since its surface retains a lustrous quality. The band with vegetal scrolls under the rim offers a pleasant chromatic contrast, and the sequence of partridges atop the lid animates and enhances the decoration. The prominent inscription, in kufic, is an aphorism in praise of the virtues of patience.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1998.298ab
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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