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Morrocan pottery

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    Moroccan pottery is neither well-known, nor was it properly studied. Particularly the earlier history is not known. It is only the products of the last two hundred years that were collected and studied. There are only six pieces of Moroccan wares in the Museum. Among them probably the earliest and the most interesting piece is a inkwell, coated with a cobalt-blue glaze (CER0770TSR). It was made in the shape of a four-petalled flower. In the centre there is a large circular well and four smaller ones in each of the petals. It was most likely made during the first half of the 19th century. The other five vessels were painted in polychrome. One of them is a large and deep bowl with an everted flat rim, showing a large four-petalled flower at the base (CER1465TSR). It is a typical product of Fes and may be dated to the late 18th or early 19th century. The ewer with an unusual shape is more colourful (CER1515TSR) and, together with the lidded jar (CER1516TSR) and the two-handled vase (CER1512TSR) could also be considered as the products of the Fes kilns and dated to the second half of the 18th century. Finally, there is a large and heavy dish (CER1770TSR), perhaps the most colourful among the Museum's Moroccan vessels, bears again all the hallmarks of Fes, but it must be of a recent date, perhaps the first half of this century.
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