Antique Hispano-Moresque Copper Lustre Ceramic Bowl, 17th century
SOLD Antique 17th century large Hispano-Moresque copper lustre conical ceramic bowl, with deeply sloping sides, with a banded rim decorated on the center with a stylized bird among carnations and scattered flowers, within a border of concentric bands, and scroll-pattern.
CONDITION: Nice patina and good signs of age and usage, some chipping and flaking, no cracks, repairs, or restorations.
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 29.3 cm (11 1/2 in). Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 in).
Hispano-Moresque pottery, as its name indicates, was made in Spain. Its origin can be traced back to the 9th century, when Near Eastern potters, probably from Iraq, set up their kilns in Tunisa in order to produce lustre-painted tiles for the decoration of the prayer-niche of the Great Mosque of Qairawan and the Fatimid palace at Raqqada. Later on these potters moved to a placed called Qal'a Banu Hammad, in present day Algeria, then eventually to Moorish Spain.
By the 13th century lustre-painted pottery was produced in large numbers in Malaga. The history of lustre-painted pottery in Spain may be divided into two major periods: the first one before the reconquesta, and the second after the reconquesta, when at the end of the 15th century, Muslims were deported to North Africa. Nevertheless a lot of Muslims became Christians, and therefore they were allowed to stay in Spain and continue to make pottery in the Islamic style.
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