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Islamic turquoise glazed ceramic jar, Nasrid period, 1100-1200 A.D.

DESCRIPTION
This jug has a turquoise glaze and its modeling is delicate. In addition, the ceramist has had a great detail in its handle, the modeling of a beautiful little bird with rounded shapes, which is the best way to crown this sinuous handle. This type of ceramic vessels were mainly used for water or wine, being very common to carry a handle or even two. There is no doubt about the mastery of the Islamic people with regard to the work of ceramics, both modelling it by hand and making it on a potter's wheel, especially with regard to the colours and shapes that are acquired. In the thirteenth century AD the birth of the Nazarí Kingdom took place in the Iberian Peninsula, after surviving the Christian conquests of the thirteenth century, which limited the territory of al-Andalus to the provinces of Granada, Almería, Málaga, Jaén and Murcia. The orography of the territory helped to slow down the reconquest, so the kingdom was maintained for two centuries. Also played a very important role the trade settled in this kingdom, because in Granada were settled Genoese traders, so there were certain economic interests across the Mediterranean that made this kingdom had a healthy economy. From the artistic point of view, the 14th century was the time of splendour of the kingdom.


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