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Moroccan Polychrome Terracotta Inkwell

Fes, Morocco
mid-20th century

height: 9.7cm, diameter: 12.2cm, weight: 614g

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Provenance

UK art market

This decorative terracotta inkwell modelled in a traditional manner comprises a main central ink compartment and eight subsidiary ones.

It is decorated with palmette and other motifs in bright yellow, turquoise green, black and blue polychrome against a cream background.

Brightly decorated terracotta utilitarian objects were made in Fes and exported to the rest of Morocco. Fes was the main, but not the only, pottery centre in Morocco.

The example here is in fine condition with no repairs and minor glaze loss to the rims.

References

Boele, V. (ed.), Morocco: 5000 Years of Culture, Kit Publishers/Lund Humphries, 2005.

Mourad, K., F. Ramirez & C. Rolot, Arts et Traditions du Maroc, ACR Edition, 1998.

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