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Chapitre D'ouvrage Année : 2014

The ways of the lustre: looking for the Tunisian connection

S.Y. Waksman
Trinitat Pradell
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Judit Molera
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Recent excavations at the Fatimid and Zirid site of Sabra al-Mansuriya near Kairouan (Tunisia) provide the first evidence of lustreware production in medieval Ifriqiya, in the 10 th-11 th centuries AD. As the Fatimid dynasty moved from Ifriqiya to Egypt to establish its capital in Fustat (Cairo), technological connections with the Egyptian lustreware could be expected. Tunisian lustreware may also be the link in the transmission of the technique towards Muslim Spain. It represents a new piece of the puzzle of understanding the diffusion of lustre technology from the East to the West of the Mediterranean. The composition and microstructure of the bodies and glazes, and the micro-and nano-structure of the lustre layer are compared in a preliminary approach to the technological relationships between Tunisian, Egyptian, and Spanish lustrewares.
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hal-02010339 , version 1 (06-02-2020)



S.Y. Waksman, Claudio Capelli, Trinitat Pradell, Judit Molera. The ways of the lustre: looking for the Tunisian connection. Marcos Martinón-Torres (ed.). Craft and science: International perspectives on archaeological ceramics, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, pp.109-116, 2014, ⟨10.5339/uclq.2014.cas.ch12⟩. ⟨hal-02010339⟩
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