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On Molds and Markets: What Islamic Molded Ceramics say about Medieval Trade and Taste

Wed, April 2, 2008 • 8:00 PM • ART 1.110

Dr. Stephennie Mulder of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss "On Molds and Markets: What Islamic Molded Ceramics say about Medieval Trade and Taste." Please join us for refreshments after the lecture.

In Princeton University's excavations at medieval Balis in Syria in the summer of 2000, two beautifully decorated, 13th century ceramic molds were discovered, each bearing a rare and illuminating feature: the signature of their designer. Aside from the rarity of signed works of art from the premodern Islamic world, these molds are remarkable for being found within a rich archaeological context: a ceramic workshop for the production of unglazed molded or relief-decorated ceramics, along with hundreds of sherds from molded vessels and tools for their manufacture. Produced for local consumption within a thriving medieval domestic economy, these vessels provide an illuminating window into a little-studied aspect of Islamic art: the manufacture and distribution of common pottery, perhaps the most fundamental and ubiquitous of the objects of daily life from the premodern Islamic world.

Sponsored by: Austin Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Classics Department

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