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Byzantine pottery – Middle Ages

By |2017-08-01T08:08:24+00:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

(Metropolitan Museum, New York) After the fall of the western part of the Roman Empire, the remaining part of the Roman empire in West Asia and Egypt kept on using Roman red pottery. But by around 700 AD, after Heraclius, Byzantine potters began to make tin-glazed pottery, just like in the neighboring Umayyad empire. This glazed pottery looked a lot like [...]

Medieval Islamic pottery – Islamic art

By |2018-04-23T15:22:28+00:00July 23rd, 2017|Art, Islam|

A tin-glazed plate Just about the time of the Arab conquests (about 600-700 AD), potters started to use metal-based glazes on their pots. So Islamic pottery looks very different from the Roman pottery that came before it. Tin-glazed bowl imitating Chinese pottery, ca. 850 AD West Asian potters invented this way of glazing pottery during the Roman Empire, [...]

Making molded bricks – Mesopotamia project

By |2018-04-19T08:21:44+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, West Asia|

Molded bricks project: A bull from the Ishtar Gate, Babylon (600s BC) Why molded bricks? Architects in ancient Mesopotamia (West Asia) didn't have much good stone to carve, but they had plenty of clayon the riverbanks of the Tigris and the Euphrates. So instead of using stone, architects in ancient Mesopotamia often built [...]

Tang Dynasty Chinese Pottery – Medieval China

By |2018-08-08T07:11:45+00:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|

T'ang Dynasty cup (Musee Guimet, Paris) Who invented porcelain? About 700 AD in China, plain white porcelain pottery first begins to appear, like these cups and these bowls. What is porcelain? Porcelain is a special kind of pottery. Chinese potters working under the T'ang Dynasty discovered that if you used a special kind [...]