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Ceramics from Islamic Lands - Oliver Watson

Ceramics from Islamic Lands

Paperback Published: 16th May 2006
ISBN: 9780500976340
Number Of Pages: 512

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"This splendid catalog serves as the most current and magnificently illustrated introduction to Islamic ceramics now available. Essential."--"Choice"
Islamic pottery--the fine ceramics made in the lands of Islam, from the Arab world and Turkey through Iran and into Central Asia--is one of the hidden treasures of world ceramics. It has often been overshadowed by the ceramic legacy of China and Europe, yet it cedes nothing to these great traditions in technical inventiveness and beauty of design. Through close trading links and cultural interchange, Islamic potters have played a crucial role in the development of these other ceramic cultures.
A catalogue of the al-Sabah collection in Kuwait--one of the few truly great collections in private hands--this richly illustrated volume presents a comprehensive history of ceramics from Islamic lands and portrays the unfolding story of Islamic pottery over its thousand-year history.
Over four hundred pieces are described, providing both an examination of individual items and an overall history of the subject. Clear and informative introductory essays cover the study and collecting of Islamic pottery over the past hundred years, and trace its technical and chronological history, from the first fine wares made in the eighth century to the destructive impact of European industrialization in the nineteenth century. The individual objects, illustrated with some nine hundred color pictures, are grouped by type and geographically. A "Choice" Outstanding Academic Title. 921 color illustrations.

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'Provides a new framework for the understanding of Islamic ceramics ... a definitive work' - Antiques Magazine

Prefacep. 7
Islamic pottery : art, archaeology and collectingp. 11
Making and designingp. 23
Ceramic families and technical traditionsp. 35
Islamic pottery to A.D. 1000p. 45
Islamic pottery A.D. 1000-1400p. 53
Islamic pottery from A.D. 1400p. 61
Restoration and faking of Islamic ceramics : case historiesp. 69
Unglazed waresp. 93
Early "green-glazed" waresp. 157
Early wares : polychrome glaze-paintingp. 167
Opaque white glazed waresp. 171
Abbasid lustrewarep. 183
Splashed waresp. 199
Slip-painted waresp. 205
Buffwaresp. 247
Iranian incised waresp. 253
Lustre pottery of the Fatimid period in Egyptp. 273
Syrian and Egyptian wares : 12th-13th centuryp. 289
Iranian fritware : 12th-13th centuryp. 303
Bamiyan fritwaresp. 327
Silhouette and underglaze painted wares : Iran 12th-13th centuryp. 333
Iranian lustreware : 1170-1220p. 347
Minai enamel painting : Iran late 12th-early 13th centuryp. 363
Wares of the Mongol period in Iran : 13th-14th centuryp. 373
Syria and Egypt : 13th-14th centuryp. 395
Egyptian wares : 15th centuryp. 417
Ottoman pottery : Turkey 16th-18th centuryp. 427
Later Iranian pottery : 15th-19th centuryp. 449
Indian Mughal ceramicsp. 483
Chinese porcelainp. 485
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ISBN: 9780500976340
ISBN-10: 0500976341
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 16th May 2006
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 22.86  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 2.43
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition