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Ceramics from Islamic Lands

Oliver Watson


Clear, informative essays tracing the history of Islamic ceramics from the eighth century AD to nineteenth century industrialization


Islamic pottery is one of the hidden treasures of world ceramics. However, its full breadth and diversity has often been overshadowed by the legacy of China and Europe although Islamic pottery cedes nothing to these great traditions in beauty or technical inventiveness.

This richly illustrated work, now available in paperback, presents a comprehensive history of the subject. It is a catalogue of the al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait – one of the few truly great collections in private hands, and one that is well able to portray the unfolding story of Islamic pottery over its thousand-year history.

Here are detailed descriptions of over 400 individual objects grouped in geographical and chronological sequence, accompanied by over 900 colour photographs. Most pieces are published here for the first time, but a number of breathtaking items from old collections are rescued from obscurity and made accessible again.

Clear, informative essays trace the history of Islamic ceramics from the eighth century AD to the heights of refinement in sixteenth and seventeenth century Turkey and Iran, to the destructive impact of nineteenth century industrialization.

This important volume will appeal to the interested general reader, as well as becoming an invaluable reference work for the student and specialist.

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'Provides a new framework for the understanding of Islamic ceramics … a definitive work'
Antiques Magazine

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 27.6 x 21.9 cm

Extent: 512 pp

Publication date: 3 April 2006

ISBN: 9780500976340

About the Author

Dr Oliver Watson is an expert on Islamic pottery on which he has written extensively. Formerly Chief Curator of the Department of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum, he is currently Chief Curator at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.