A glazed Stonepaste Bowl

by Marcus Milwright | Talking about art

What is stonepaste, and why was this material so important in the development of glazed pottery across the Islamic world? This talk considers a Medieval glazed stonepaste bowl from the Tushingham collection and looks at the ways in which the form and decoration were influenced by Chinese porcelain imported into the Middle East.

Figure 1. Glazed stonepaste bowl with incised and pierced decoration. Probably twelfth century, Iran. Formerly collection of A. Douglas and Margaret Tushingham. Donated to the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, by Margot Tushingham.

Figure 2. Interior view of the same bowl.