Sgraffito, from the Italian word for “scratched” is the term used by specialists to designate this type of decorated ceramic. Sgraffito (Italian: [zɡrafˈfiːto]; plural: sgraffiti) is a technique also used in wall decor, produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colors to a moistened surface, or in pottery, by applying to an unfired ceramic body two successive layers of contrasting slip or glaze, and then, in either case, scratching so as to reveal parts of the underlying layer. The Italian past participle “sgraffiato” is also used, especially of pottery.
This type of ceramics appeared in the Islamic world at the beginning of the tenth century. This type of ware was very widespread in Syria. The large central motif, in this case, a hare, is quite typical of this pottery.
Date: 1200 AD
Item Dimensions: 23 Diameter /11 Depth cm
Excavated from: Qaser Al-Heir Al-Sharki
Archaeological Mission: The site was excavated under the sponsorship of the Kelsey Museum with additional funds from the Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Roy-Neuberger and Laird-Norton Foundations, and a grant from Harvard University – The mission was directed by : Oleg Grabar
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