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Ceramic Plate

datation
14th century AD
provenance
Hama
area
period
materials
themes

It is a blue and white ceramic plate with a circular face, an open rim around the edge and a ring at the base. The face of the plate is ornamented with a flower bouquet tied with a ribbon with several bends. The body and the rim are ornamented with stylized floral and geometrical forms.

The decorations are executed with blue color on a white bed under a transparent glaze. This color scheme clearly indicates a Chinese influence, as does the motif of a tied flower bouquet with the curves of the ribbon following a Chinese style. The love for this kind of blue and white ceramic was not limited to the Islamic world. It transited to Europe, and it was the inspiration for the European traditional porcelain as well. The fashion of blue and white ceramics spread in Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Portugal, whereby every country had its own characteristics. The reason that Chinese porcelain was such a desired product for the rest of the world is not known yet.

This plate was found during the excavations of the Danish mission in the Hama citadel in 1957, and it is thought to be of Damascene industry, inspired by the Chinese fashion.   

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