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Vase

Jarrón

Nº inv.: CE1/07843

This large polychrome vase is decorated in Ataurique style in blue, green and manganese black, and there are inscriptions in italics on the neck. This type of piece was made by Islamic potters for an important collection, as indicated by the blessing on the neck: “Al-gibta al-muttasila” (“Continued happiness”). Its age and origin are uncertain. For many years it was thought to come from Toledo, based on the cataloguing done by González Martí: “It was made in Toledo in the 15th century, and is coloured in blue, purple and green. The decorations appear to have run because the glaze was too fluid. The colouring and decorations are influenced by the gothic art of the century. The vase was found buried in a demolished building in Toledo, and, due to the carelessness of the bricklayers, one of its handles was lost; though broken, it was found with the body of the vase.”

The piece is a typical Nasrid vase, with an egg-shaped body, a tall, wide neck, and two curved handles. Nevertheless, it has been accredited to various other origins: it has been thought to be a revival or romantic piece from the late 19th century or from Malaga in the 14th century. Recently it has been attributed to 16th-century Granada, after the Christian conquest, specifically to the Fajalauza factory.

On display in the Sala del alfarje (Pottery Room), first floor.

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