Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, "Raqqa Revisited: Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria"

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Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, "Raqqa Revisited: Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria"

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, "Raqqa Revisited: Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria"
Publisher: Met. Museum of Art/Yale Un Pr | 2006 | ISBN: 1588391841/0300111436 | English | PDF | 260 pages | 40.99 Mb

Raqqa, in Syria, had its first Islamic flowering in the late 8th century, when it was the residence of the legendary Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid. It experienced a resurgence during the late 12th and early 13th centuries under the Zangids and Ayyubids. Interest in the city was kindled in the West in the late 19th century, by, among other things, the publication of the Arabic literary classic The Thousand and One Nights, in which Harun al-Rashid was a central character. At the same time, ceramics purportedly connected to the legendary caliph were excavated in Raqqa. Speculation about the site and the objects unearthed there has abounded for more than a century.
In this important volume, Marilyn Jenkins-Madina describes the dramatic journey these ceramics took from discovery in Raqqa to the emporiums of Paris and New York, the drawing rooms of great collectors, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Using art historical detective work, archival documents, and scientific data, the author convincingly establishes provenance and dating, placing these beautiful wares in a clear historical context for the first time.
Director's Foreword
Philippe de Montebello

Map: Central Islamic Lands in the Medieval Islamic Period

1. The Lore and Lure of Raqqa

2. Raqqa Demythologized

3. The Rejects of Raqqa

4. Raqqa Ceramics in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

5. Patterns, Profiles, and Provenance

6. The Period of Production


Appendix 1: The Ottoman Response to Illicit Digging in Raqqa
Ayşin Yoltar-Yildirim

Appendix 2: Compositional Analysis of Early-Thirteenth-Century Ceramics from Raqqa and Related Sites
Dylan T. Smith

Bibliography of Works Cited
Photograph Credits

Marilyn Jenkins-Madina is co-author, with Richard Ettinghausen and Oleg Grabar, of Islamic Art and Architecture 650–1250 (Yale University Press/Pelican History of Art).

Art Times
"… beautifully illustrated … Excellent reproductions."
Library Journal
"Remarkable, well-documented, and scholarly. … The 300-plus illustrations provide useful insight to this well-organized and easy-to-use work. Highly recommended for collections focusing on archaeological and cultural studies relating to decorative arts."
Choice Reviews Online
"Fine illustrations. … The scholarly techniques employed by the author are a model of scholarship. … Highly recommended."
College Art Association
"The scope of the scholarship is impressive … Jenkins-Madina's approach illustrates the potential of art-historical analysis to make a genuine contribution to the study of Islamic ceramics. The collection and analysis of so many wasters and complete vessels is a major achievement and allows for a much clearer assessment of the stylistic range of the potteries of Raqqa during their last, and most glorious, phase. The deft handling of the activities of connoisseurs, archaeologists, dealers, and bureaucrats in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries will make this book required reading for those interested in the historiography of Islamic art history and archaeology."

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, "Raqqa Revisited: Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria"