Ceramic Interest Group: Robert Mason

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Date(s) - 09/03/2016
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NMC Conference Room, 200B


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dr. Robert Mason (ROM/U of T)
Lustre-painted and associated ceramics of the Early Islamic World: Where, How, When, Who and Where to next?
Ceramic Interest Group talk, co-sponsored by The Archaeology Centre and The Archaeology Centre Presents_Mason posterNear & Middle Eastern Civilizations. 3:00pm, NMC Conference Room, 200B, 4 Bancroft Ave.

Abstract: Pottery generally tends to be the most important artefact to study for archaeologists, because it is so prolific, but the ceramics of the Islamic world are important for other reasons also. They represent high technology, with the Islamic world creating a synthesis of technology in a dynamic time for research and science. They are significant art, with their elite status making it worth providing them with original and innovative expression. They were also a significant industry, with major production centres that had global distributions. In 1986 I started work on the Lustre-painted pottery of the Middle East. Made between about 800 and 1400, these wares typically represent one of the pinnacles of ceramic technology in the world at the time. Since then much has been determined about this pottery, but what remains to be done?