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1940s Brown and Ivory Hand-Crafted Moroccan Ceramic Vase

1940s Antique Brown and Ivory Hand-Crafted Moroccan Ceramic Vase.
Very decorative chiseled small brown and ivory color ceramic handcrafted by artisans in Fez Morocco.
Hand-graved etched ceramic with ivory Arabic poetry calligraphy.
Mouth opening is 5 in.
Size: 10 inches height x 6.5 in diameter.
Circa 1940s, Hand made in Fez Morocco.
About Ceramic Islamic Art.

Islamic ceramic etched art is a form of ceramic artwork that involves intricate designs, calligraphy, and patterns etched or incised onto the surface of ceramic objects. 

Ceramic Artwork: Ceramic art is the practice of creating objects, sculptures, or vessels using clay and other natural materials, such as minerals and water. The process involves shaping the clay, either by hand or using a potter's wheel, and then firing it in a kiln at high temperatures to harden it. The firing process transforms the clay into a durable, non-porous material, making it suitable for functional and decorative purposes.

Islamic Ceramic Etched Art: In Islamic ceramics, etched art is a decorative technique applied to the surface of ceramic objects. After the clay has been shaped and fired to create the ceramic piece, skilled artisans use specialized tools to etch or incise intricate designs, patterns, or calligraphy onto the surface of the object.

In Islamic etched art, the designs are often inspired by the rich artistic traditions of Islamic culture, which includes elements such as geometric patterns, arabesques, floral motifs, poems and verses from the Quran or other religious texts. These designs are meticulously etched into the ceramic surface with great precision and attention to detail.

Etching Techniques: There are several techniques used to create etched art on ceramic surfaces:

  1. Sgraffito: This technique involves applying layers of contrasting colored slips or glazes on the ceramic surface. The top layer is then scratched or incised to reveal the contrasting color beneath, creating intricate patterns and designs.

  2. Carving: Carving involves using specialized tools to remove parts of the ceramic surface, creating relief designs and patterns.

  3. Incising: Incising is the process of creating fine lines or grooves on the ceramic surface using a sharp tool or needle.

  4. Engraving: Engraving is a technique in which designs or patterns are cut into the ceramic surface using a sharp tool or a rotary tool.

Significance and Use: Islamic ceramic etched art has significant cultural and artistic importance. It reflects the rich heritage and artistic achievements of Islamic civilizations. The intricate designs and calligraphy often carry symbolic, religious, or historical meanings, making these objects not only decorative but also imbued with cultural and spiritual significance.

Islamic ceramic etched art is used to create a wide range of objects, including bowls, plates, vases, tiles, and architectural elements. These objects are used for functional purposes, such as serving and storage, as well as for decorative purposes, adorning interiors of mosques, palaces, and homes.

The art of Islamic ceramic etched art continues to be appreciated and preserved, passing down the traditions and creativity of Islamic ceramic artisans through generations, and contributing to the appreciation of Islamic art and culture worldwide.