Water Filter with Geometric Pattern

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Water filter with geometric pattern Probably 13th–14th centuries, Fustat (medieval Cairo), Egypt Hand-tooled and pierced clay Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1971.1.22

Water filter with geometric pattern

The pierced holes that comprise this ceramic water filter create a star-shaped geometric pattern. The pointed tips and incised lines result in a lively radial design. Like the decoration found on spindle whorls, this filter's decorative composition plays with the round form of the ceramic vessel's neck. Delicate and functional, this kaleidoscopic lattice filtered a variety of undesirable materials from the liquid contained in a ceramic vessel.

Bibliography: Olmer 1932; Scanlon 1986; 1970a; 1968; 1964; and Watson 2004, 133, cat. Ae. 1.

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