The dish, which is exceptionally well preserved, is decorated in the so-called laqabi technique with a brilliantly coloured, stylized peacock in the centre, and three bands of pseudo-inscription on the rim. The shape of the dish, with its flat rim, carinated profile and low foot, is typical of laqabi and lustre-painted 'Tell Minis' wares. Laqabi wares are characterised by their deeply carved decoration, which is partly a device for preventing coloured glazes from running in the firing, and by their bold designs, which often include animals or birds in heraldic poses.


  • Title: Dish
  • Date Created: circa 1200 AD
  • Location Created: Syria
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: stonepaste, with carved decoration under a slightly opacified white glaze, stained cobalt blue, manganese, yellow and green (laqabi ware)

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