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Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection

Oya Pancaroglu 

International Book of the Year Award, Iran (2010)

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Chicago collector Harvey B. Plotnick has assembled one of the finest private collections of early Islamic ceramics in the world. From this truly outstanding collection—much admired by specialists in the field of Islamic art and connoisseurs alike—a selection of approximately 100 of the finest treasures ranging in date from early Abbasid Iraq to Ilkhanid Iran will, for the first time, be made available to a wider audience through this sumptuous publication, occasioned by an exhibition at the Art Institute.

Focusing on three of the most important types of ceramics produced in Iraq and Iran––lusterware, minai, and underglaze painted wares––this book discusses the exalted status that ceramics held in the medieval Islamic world, the developments of various techniques in ceramic production, and the singular importance of this major collection.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2007
160 pages, 9 1/2 x 10 1/2
155 color illus.