Earthenware albarello, painted in blue in, and with two tones of lustre over, an opaque, white glaze
Manises, Spain; 1st half of 15th century
H: 29.5 cm
Both faience and the lustre technique reached Muslim Spain from Iraq by way of Egypt. In the middle of the 13th century, high-quality lustreware was made in Malaga, from which it spread with Muslim craftsmen to Christian Spain. This “Spanish-Moorish” pottery was exported e.g. to Italy, where it was called majolica or faience, after the island Mallorca and the town of Faenza.
A jar with concave sides is called an albarello, probably from the Spanish-Arabic word al-barrada – a jug. The type was most often used in pharmacies, since the shape made it easy to grasp the jars even when they stood in lines.
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