Middle Eastern Ware

Here is a collection of Reannag Teine historic replicas of medieval Middle Eastern pottery. See the original inspiration artifacts at the bottom of the page, most being 12-13th century pieces in the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian. Please email us for more options and variety. Like the culture? There is more Middle Eastern ware in our Turquoise ware.

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  • !4th c Seljuk Minai Replica Mug
14th c. Seljuk Minai Mug Replica
18-24oz handled cup
$51
  • !@th C. Syrian Mug Replicaoctopus
12th c. Syrian Mug Replica
18-24oz handled cup
$41
  • 1200s Syrian Mug Replica Comparison

  • 10th c. Miai "Seated People" Replica Mug

  • "Seated People" Cup

  • "Seated People" Bowl

  • "Seated People" Plate
13th c. Minai "Seated People"
14-16oz handled cup    $37
10-12oz handless cup    $27
5-6" bowl    $31
8-10" plate     $38

1-person place-setting
Plate, bowl, & 10-12oz handless cup
$95
  • 1200s Saljuk Mug Replica & Variants Comparison

Shape

1-person place-setting
  • Ottoman Lg Mug

  • Ottoman Cup

  • Ottoman inspired Mini Cup

  • Ottoman Bowl

  • Ottoman Pattern Plate
16th c. Ottoman
18-24oz handled cup    $47
10-12oz handless beaker cup    $27
2-3oz handless cup    $15
5-6" bowl    $31
8-10" plate     $41
8-10" bottle or pitcher     $79

1-person place-setting
Plate, bowl, & 10-12oz handless cup
$95


  • Ottoman Bottle
  • Ottoman inspired Pitcher
  • 1500 Ottoman Jug Replica & Variants Comparison

Shape

Shape
  • "Wolf" Tile Mug, view 1

  • "Wolf" Tile Mug, view 2
13th c. Il-Khanid "Wolf" Tile inspired Mug
8-10oz handled cup
$28
  • 12th C. Syrian "Foliate" Bowl Replica, view 1

  • 12th C. Syrian "Foliate" Bowl Replica, view 2
12th c. Syrian "Foliate" Bowl Replica
6-7" across
$31
  • Il-Khanid "Deer" Dish Replica

  • "Deer" Plate

  • "Deer" Platter
14th c. Il-Khanid "Ibex" Dish Replica
8-10" deep plate    $37
9-11" plate    $37
13" platter    $79
  • 1200s Il Khanid Dish Replica Comparison

Shape
  • 10th c. "Script" Plate
10th c. Samanid "Generous" Plate Replica
8-9" dinner plate
$33

...Two bands of [identical]writing... read, "He who believes in recompense, is generous in giving, and to whatever you accustom yourself, you will grow accustomed." ...
  • 900s Samanid Plate Replica & Variants Comparison

  • "Tree & Script" Plate Replica

  • "Tree" Bowl

  • "Tree & Script" Serving Bowl
10th c. Samanid "Tree & Script" Plate Replica
Bowl, or Serving Bowl
8-10" across dinner plate    $41
5-6" across bowl    $23
7-8" across serving bowl     $59

"It is said that he is content with his own opinion runs into danger. Blessing to the owner."
  • 900s Samanid Bowl Replica & Variants Comparison

Shape
  • "Simple" 10th c. Samanid Plate Replica
10th c. Samanid "Excellence" Plate Replica
8-10" across plate
$33

"Excellence is the quality of the people of paradise.”
  • 12th c. Saljuq "Elephant" inspired Plate
12th c. Saljuq "Elephant" Inspired Plate
8-9" across plate
$35
  • "Horseman" Platter Replica
13th c. Saljuq "Horseman" Plate Replica
13-15" platter
$99
  • 11th c. "Deer & Hound" Platter Replica
11th c. "Deer & Hound" Platter Replica
11-13" platter
$79


10th c. "Middle Road" Script Dish
5-6" bowl    $27
10-11" deep plate replica    $41

"Take the middle road in [your] affairs; indeed it is a Salvation. Don't ride a too gentle mount or a too obstinate one."
  • 900s Nishapur Dish Replica & Variants Comparison

Shape
  • Nishapur "Horse & Cheetah" Dish
10th c. "Horse with Cheetah" Hunt Scene Platter
11-13" platter
$99
  • 900s Nishapur Replica Comparison

  • Bowl
  • Bowl, side view
11th c. "Happiness" Script Bowl
7-8" replica bowl    $41
9-10" plate    $37
13" platter    $99

"Blessing, prosperity, goodwill, peace, and happiness."
  • 1000s Nishapur Dish Replica & Variants Comparison


Shape
  • 900s "Blessings" Mug
10th c. "Blessings" Script Mug
8-9" plate or 14-16oz mug
$33

"Blessings and ease to the owner."
  • 900s Nishapur Plate Replica & Variants Comparison


Shape
  • 1550s Ottoman Ship Platter
Ottoman 1550s Ship Platter
11-13" platter
$119 
  • 1500s Ottoman Plate Replica Comparison



History & Documentation

Freer|Sackler Galleries: the Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art
  • Jug, 12th-13th century. Stone-paste painted with color under glaze and with lustre, H: 14.5 W: 13.6 cm Syria. F1908.186
    • Cup
    Cup, ca. 1200-1250. Stone-paste painted under glaze with color and over glaze with enamel (minai), H: 14.1 W: 13.4 cm Iran. S1986.505
    Jug, late 16th-early 17th century, Ottoman period Stone-pate painted under transparent glaze, H: 19.7 W: 14.0 cm Iznik, Turkey. F1969.2
    Tile, late 13th-early 14th century, Il-Khanid period. Stone-paste painted under colorless glaze, H: 10.5 W: 20.3 cm Iran. F1973.14
    Footed dish,12th-13th century. Stone-paste painted with lustre, H: 5.5 W: 10.4 cm Syria . F1911.6
    Deep bowl, late 13th-early 14th, Il-Khanid period. Stone-paste painted under clear glaze, H: 14.8 W: 27.0 cm Iran. F1947.9
    Plate, 10th century, Samanid period. Earthenware painted under glaze, H: 6.0 W: 46.8 D: 46.8 cm. Iran or Afghanistan. F1952.11
     ...produced during the reign of the Samanids (819–1005) in Khurasan in northeastern Iran, present-day Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan... embellished with prominent inscriptions... Two bands of [identical]writing... Beginning in the lower center, they read, "He who believes in recompense, is generous in giving, and to whatever you accustom yourself, you will grow accustomed." ...
    Dish, 10th century, Samanid period. Earthenware painted under glaze, H: 11.2 W: 39.3 D: 39.3 cm Iran. Purchase F1957.24
    ...10th-century ceramics from northeastern Iran... an abstract tree with five branches ending in palmettes and revolving around a small rosette... [with] the ovoid mark at the beginning of the Arabic inscription below..."It is said that he is content with his own opinion runs into danger. Blessing to the owner."
    Dish, 10th century, Samanid period Earthenware painted under glaze, H: 3.6 W: 21.0 cm Iran or Afghanistan. Purchase F1965.27
    ...inscription on this small plate reads, “Excellence if the quality of the people of paradise.”
    Dish, late 12th-early 13th century, Saljuq period. Stone-paste decorated with brown lustre over glaze. H: 43.2 W: 7.5 cm Kashan region, Iran. F1957.21
    Plate, 10th-11th century. Glazed clay, H: 8.2 W: 34.6 cm Iran. F1927.2
    Bowl, late 12th-early 13th century, Saljuq period Stone-paste body painted under glaze and over glaze with enamel (mina'i), H: 8.9 W: 6.8 cm Iran. F1927.3

    Persian Ceramics: from the Collections of the Asian Art Mueseum
    • Bowl with Arabic Inscription
    Bowl with Arabic inscription, 900-1000. Earthenware with underglaze slip decoration, H: 11.7 W: 40.3 cm Northeastern Iran/Nishapur. B60P1862

    ..."epigraphic slipwares" from the Samanid period (819-1005) are some of the visually most powerful ceramics ever produced in the Islamic world ... assigned to various centers of production, including Nishapur and Afrasiyab (old Samarkand) ... made for local use since they are not found in excavations west of central Persia. ... The Samanid rulers fostered a highly sophisticated, multicultural society comprising different ethnic and cultural groups including Persians, Arabs, and Turks ... [and]championed older Persian artistic and literary forms while adding new Islamic elements, including the Arabic language...  [I]nscription advises moderation in the conduct of life:"Take the middle road in [your] affairs; indeed it is a Salvation. Don't ride a too gentle mount or a too obstinate one."
    • "Nishapur "Horse with Cheetah" Hunt Dish
    "Horse with Cheetah" Dish, 900-1000. Earthenware with underglaze slip and polychrome decoration, H: 5.1 W: 35.2 cm Northeastern Iran/Nishapur. B68P7

    ... Persian ceramics often depict hunters and their hunting cheetahs and horses. The fact that the hunter is missing on this dish is not important since the combination of the cheetah and horse effectively symbolize the hunt. The upside-down creature under the horse is perhaps the prey. The expressive enthusiasm and extraordinary attention to detail on this dish set it apart from other polychrome buffwares of the tenth century. Vegetal motifs in relief transform the black horse into a fantastic creature that is decorated all the way down to its hooves. Although there are losses in the area of the cheetah, its colorful patterning can be discerned. ... The rest of the dish’ s interior is filled with familiar decorative motifs from the repertoire of the buffware potter: abstract geometric, floral, and vegetal motifs, as well as decorative motifs that resemble kufic-style Arabic script. This large dish would have been sold as a luxury item and was not intended for everyday use.

    Other sources from various places:
    • 1200s Rayy style Mug St Louis Art Museum
     Persian, Seljuk style Tankard, 13th century glazed ceramic (Minai ware) 5 1/4 inches high W. K. Bixby Oriental Art Fund. St. Louis Art Museum no. 163:1952

    During the 12th and 13th centuries, the Persian city of embellished with figural decoration not unlike manuscript painting of the time. Minai vessels usually are adorned with figures, horsemen, or banquet scenes outlined in red or black. Five sphinxes circle the shoulder of this vessel, with a man at one end of the procession and a vine at the other. The Kufic inscription which runs down the handle may be trying to quote a phrase, but letters are missing and the last characters are nonsensical. The decorator may have been unschooled, attempting to copy an inscription seen on another vessel.
    Bowl with Arabic inscription, late 10th–11th century Found at Iran, Nishapur, Tepe Madrasa Earthenware; white slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze; H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm), Diam. at top 14 in. (35.6 cm), Diam. at base 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm) Rogers Fund, 1940 (40.170.15)

    Probably used for serving food, the decoration on this bowl would have been slowly revealed as the food was eaten. It is just one of many examples of ceramics with calligraphic decoration from Iran in this period of time. Sometimes the writing on these objects relates to their use in serving food; they say "Eat with appetite" or "The thankful eater is comparable to the one who fasts patiently." Another type has proverbs, some of which are witty and others of which provide advice. This particular bowl falls into a third category that simply expresses good wishes for the owner; here, "Blessing, prosperity, goodwill, peace, and happiness." Between the words are alternating red and black strokes, and at the base of the bowl is a large central motif of interlacing straps on a stippled ground. These two features identify the bowl as coming from Samarqand, where metal objects had similar decoration.
    • Script Dish, V&A Museum
    Dish. Iran, possibly Uzbekistan. 10th century Earthenware, lead-glazed, inscribed.  C.909-1935. V&A Museum, Islamic Middle East Gallery, room 42, case 2W.

    This small dish imitates silver decorated with inscriptions in a black inlay called niello. Here the potter has covered the earthenware body with slip (liquid clay) to create a white ground. The inscription in Arabic was written in contrasting black slip. As on many Islamic dishes, the inscription offers good wishes for the owner. This dish is an example of a distinctive ceramic tradition that developed in eastern Iran from the 10th century. Potters there took inspiration from indigenous metalwork and applied slip of contrasting colours to create the decoration.
    • 1550 Ottoman

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