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Bowl

Cuenco

Nº inv.: CE1/00658

This large bowl, also known as a safa, with a vertical rim is decorated in blue (a pigment obtained through oxidising cobalt) with a creamware glaze. The decoration consists of a six-pointed star in the shape of a pointed arch; on three of which pinecones have been drawn. It seems that the cobalt blue was incorporated into Hispano-Islamic ceramics in the 13th century. It was imported through Eastern Muslim cities, such as Malaga and Murcia, which were the first to adopt it. A considerable amount of ceramics was made in potteries in Paterna and Manises, among other Valencian centres. Pieces decorated in blue on a white background were popular. The cobalt blue was mixed equally with a metallic glint and it seems that this piece is missing the gold on the points of the star, which remain white. A similar example decorated in blue and metallic glint is conserved in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, France).

This piece, manufactured in Manises, dates from the last quarter of the 15th century.

On display in the Sala de la cerámica mudéjar (Mudejar Ceramics Room), second floor.

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