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Syria or Persia Lakabi Ware Plate, glazed earthenware with enamel decoration, 1100–1150.Gallery 23A

Syria or Persia, Lakabi Ware Plate, glazed earthenware with enamel decoration, 1100–1150. Gallery 23A

The name Lakabi refers to an early form of Persian ceramics that was mostly made before 1200. It is characteristic of Lakabi ware to have deeply cut or raised outlines of images in order to keep the colors separate beneath the top coat of glaze. This would allow for many colors to sit side by side without any running. This process was not utilized for long, making this a rare type of ceramic ware. The flowers and vines that seem to move through the background behind the two birds help to fill the space and emulate Syrian or Persian textiles from an earlier period.


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