Bowl with abstract design, glazed in imitation of Chinese sancai ware

Accession Number

Bowl with abstract design, glazed in imitation of Chinese sancai ware


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
13th century

Medium & Support
amber, green, and brown glaze on fritware

4 in x 8 ½ in x 8 ½ in (10.16 cm x 21.59 cm x 21.59 cm);10 in (25.4 cm);5 ¼ in (13.34 cm);10 in (25.4 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
"In the Ann Arbor example the trupartite design of abstract and vegetal ornament, in which light and dark zones alternate, is reminiscent of the effect of cloisonne enamel work. In particular this pattern could be a simplified enlargement of designs found on small medallions set into the Virgin's halo on the Tsilkani icon now in the Georgian State Museum." (pg. 38)

Physical Description
"In these vessels pigments were applied within the lines of a pattern incised into the slip, and then the interior was covered with a colorless glaze and the exterior with a yellow-brown one." (pg. 38)

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Collection Area

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Islamic (culture or style)
Syrian Islamic
ceramic ware (visual works)
luster glaze
thirteenth century (dates CE)

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(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
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(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
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(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)
Cabinet J: Shelf 2
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)
Tricolor Ware
(Part of: Tremel Ceramic Production Collection)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet J ➜ Shelf 2