Tareq Rajab Museum

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Moulds,Matrixes, casts and Stamps

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    Moulds, matrix, casts and stamps were all essential for pottery making. The Tareq Rajab Museum has in its collection nearly one hundred such items. The moulds are two different types: those for the shaping the exterior of a vessel and others for the interior. The first example could have been a master-mould, since the edges of its patterns are sharper, indicating that they were cut rather than cast (CER0327TSR). The second mould was used for the interior decoration of a bowl and inside it has a handle (CER0331TSR). Another mould was used for the exterior decoration of a bowl (CER335TSR), while the next one served for making the shoulder and filter parts of a jug (CER0336TSR).

    There are two matrixes in the Museum, one of them very large. It was carved out of wood to provide a matrix for a the shoulder and neck of a large jar (CERWOD0001TSR. The second one was used as a matrix for the mould of a comparatively large bowl with an epigraphic band (WOD0002TSR).

    The Museum also has three casts(CER1403TSR, CER1404TSR and CER1778TSR). The last one bears the signature of an artist: Mahmud.

    The stamps were used for certain smaller patterns, either because they were repeated at irregular intervals, or because it was easier and quicker to add certain designs, whether floral, geometrical or epigraphic. Two of these stamps in the museum have Kufic inscriptions (CER1241TSR and CER1736TSR), while two others have floral designs (CER1846TSR and CER1848TSR).
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