Syria (or Egypt), end of cent. XIV, siliceous faience with underglaze painted decoration


The vase of exceptional workmanship presents a rich decoration in black and blue under glass. The ornamentation is divided into vertical sectors on the body and a horizontal band on the neck containing epigraphic, phytomorphic and geometric motifs. The vase is dated to the second half of the 14th century, a period of maximum splendour for Mamluk production. Containers of this type were used to transport spices, ointments, perfumes, syrups and pharmaceutical preparations, sometimes traded with Europe.

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