Different sherds of Islamic pottery

Shards of Islamic pottery

Islamic Sherds


Below we have identified the different shards shown on the photo row by row. Note that no research has been done to pottery specific to the period (before 1508) of the naval Kingdom of Hormuz , of which the harbours of Sohar, Muscat and Qalhat were a part before the arrival of the Portuguese. The Kingdom was run by Persians and Omani. Oman was occupied by the Portuguese between 1508 and 1648.


See the  photo slide-show for the back of these shards.




Top Row:

  1. Two red clay shards, local course ware
  2. Under-glaze-painted blue frit from Iran, 14th – 16thC? or possibly later
  3. Underglaze painted frit (indigo color) Iran, ditto previous
  4. Persian glazed ware 16th-17th century. (see ref 2 page 111)

Middle row:

  1. Glass bangle 16th-17th century (see ref 2 page 109)

Bottom row left to right)

  1. Sgraffiato from Iran, 11-13th, but it looks a bit strange?
  2. Some sort of ‘Martaban’
  3. Under-glaze-painted frit from Iran, 14th – 16th C? or possibly later
  4. Turquoise alkaline glazed ware from Iraq, 8th – 10th century, or could be something much later. Not sure.

Name: "Some shards of Islamic pottery"

Period: 800-1700

Origin:  Oman  / Middle East 

  1. Islamic Art in Oman. Chapter 9 Islamic pottery in Oman by Seth Priestman p 260-281 published by "Al Roya press and publishing house Muscat Oman" 2008.
  2. Julfar an Arabian port its settlement and far eastern ceramic trade from the 14th to the 18th centuries. By John Hansman Royal Asiatic Society 1985.  In Julfar similar ceramics was found as in Oman. The book gives some indications of where these shards originate from and how old they are
  3. Oman Faces and places, articles from PDO News magazine 2009 page 94-96 article on Qalhat. This Omani harbour played an important role in the ceramics trade