Fragment, pottery, Islamic Mamluk jug pitcher
Pottery fragment possibly from a ceramic jug or urn. Dark-red painted geometric design of lattices, dots, lines and diamonds on faint white slip.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Palestinian
L29mm x W25mm x D9mm
History and use
These fragments are from ancient Islamic Mamluk/Ayyubid ceramic pitchers or jugs dated to the 13th to 14th C. It is a distinctive type of painted pottery, characterised by its freehand brushwork design on a cream background. The artists segment the vessels to divide up the area into 3 design spaces seperated by thick lines. The designs often feature triangles, diamond shapes, lines, and dots, with undecorared areas. These vessels would have been used in daily life and likley contained liquids. They are widespread. Firing was achieved in 2 stages - one for the pot and the other with the paint, at medium heat.