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Rubina Raja

The technology and production of glazed ceramics from Middle Islamic Jerash, Jordan

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  • Carmen Ting, University of Cyprus
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  • Achim Lichtenberger, Archäologisches Museum Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
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  • Rubina Raja

Jerash in northern Jordan was, despite a focus on its classical heritage, also active in the Middle Islamic period, but little is known about actual developments during this period. This study represents the first study on the Middle Islamic glazed pottery from the site using scanning electron microscopy energy-dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS) and thin-section petrography. The results show that two production traditions existed, each with different provenances. The local production is characterized by a non-calcareous ceramic body and the use of a high-lead glaze coloured with iron and copper oxides, whereas the turquoise-glazed samples, likely imported from Mesopotamia, have a calcareous ceramic body and alkali or alkali-lead glaze.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1296–1312
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

    Research areas

  • Jordan, Middle East, Middle Islamic, craft organization, glaze analysis, medieval ceramics, technology

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