Vessel Fragment with Interlace Design

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Vessel fragment with interlace design 14th century, Egypt Glazed ceramic Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1970.4.562

Vessel fragment with interlace design

This sherd displays both the decoration and color scheme characteristic of pottery made in Egypt during the 14th century. The vessel's body is made of red clay, while the ornamentation is incised in a white slip under an amber glaze. The knotted patterns resemble those found in contemporary metalwork and textiles. Besides interlacing designs, ceramic vessels similar to this one also include inscriptions and blazons, the latter a hallmark of Mamluk art.

Bibliography: Grube 1976, 282–292, cat. nos. 225–249; Jenkins 1983, 6, fig. 3; Watson 2004, 412, cat. R. 20; Scanlon 1980; and Baer 1998, 81ff.

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