Name of Object:

Jug

Location:

Amman, Jordan

Holding Museum:

Jordan Archaeological Museum

About Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman

Date of Object:

Hegira, late 2nd–early 3rd century / AD second half of the 8th century

Museum Inventory Number:

J.955

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wheel-thrown ceramic.

Dimensions:

Height 28 cm, diameter (of mouth) 8 cm

Period / Dynasty

Abbasid

Provenance:

Tall Hisban, Jordan.

Description:

A fine, pear-shaped pottery jug with two handles, in a characteristic cream colour, decorated using various techniques such as incising, perforations and knife scraping. The decorative scheme is composed of a combination of geometric and floral patterns which were common in Islamic art.

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Pear-shaped, two-handled pottery jug from Tall Hisban, decorated using various techniques such as incising, perforations and knife scraping. The decorative scheme is composed of a combination of geometric and floral patterns.

How date and origin were established:

The jug was dated by stratigraphic context and comparison with similar jugs; Abbasid pottery is characteristically cream in colour.

How Object was obtained:

The jug was found during the course of an archaeological excavation at Tall Hisban in 1973.

How provenance was established:

The jug was found at Tall Hisban during an archaeological excavation in 1973.

Selected bibliography:

Horn, S. H., 'The 1973 Season of Excavations at Tell Hesban', Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, XIX, 1974, pp.151–6, plate LXXV, 2.

Horn, R. S., and Horn, S. H., Heshbon 1973, Andrews University Seminary Studies, Miami, 1975.

Citation of this web page:

Aida Naghawy "Jug" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;jo;Mus01;22;en

Prepared by: Aida NaghawyAida Naghawy

Aida Naghawy is an archaeologist and the Director of Jordan Archaeological Museum. She studied archaeology at the University of Jordan where she gained her MA. She was affiliated to the Jordanian Department of Antiquities from 1974 as a curator of Jordan Archaeological Museum. In 1981 she became inspector of Jerash antiquities and co-ordinator of the Jerash International Rehabilitation project. She was also head of the archaeological awareness section at the Department of Antiquities. Aida is the author of numerous publications on Islamic coins. She has carried out excavation work in Jerash and is the founder of Jerash Archaeological Museum and the Islamic Museum of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: JO 43

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