Mould with Epigraphic Band - LO.543, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 1100 AD to 1200 AD, Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) wide, Collection: Islamic Art, Style: Islamic, Medium: Clay. In spite of the ever increasing interest in Islamic ceramics, information on kilns, moulds and other related objects is still relatively scarce. What is known is that moulds were used even before the creation of fritware, for the production of lead glazed relief ware during the early Abbasid period (8th-9th centuries CE), and always were made of red or buff earthenware. A reliable attribution of provenance and dating is quite a difficult task, since the actual place whence these moulds originated is not known.
Ancient Near East