Al Ain National Museum to explore historical significance of glazed pottery

Sun 03-06-2018 12:25 PM

AL AIN, 3rd June, 2018 (WAM) — Al Ain National Museum has announced that the month of June will be dedicated to ancient glazed pottery from the late Islamic period across the 16th – 20th Centuries, with one particular example named as the Star Object of the Month. The move is in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, as part of the ongoing educational programmes at Al Ain cultural sites and museums.

The artefact in focus in June will be a glazed dish found in the Zabian Forest area of Al-Khazna. The dish was broken when found by a topographic surveying team in 2009 and is believed to be from the late Islamic era. It has since been restored by the conservation team at DCT Abu Dhabi. Similar pieces of glazed pottery have been found in several archaeological dig sites across the emirate.


The dish features geometric motifs in black and green and is glazed. A key discovery for the museum, the dish is a prime example of pottery prevalent in Islamic art and is symbolic of close trade and cultural connections between the region of Al Ain and ancient Mesopotamia.

The Star Object of the Month programme, which consists of educational workshops, aims to educate children and highlight historical objects displayed in the museum that are integral to UAE heritage and tradition. Each month a ‘star object’ is carefully selected by the museum’s team.

Star Object of the Month workshops in June will be held at the museum on the second and third day of Eid Al Fitr with sessions running from 11am to 4pm. The workshops are designed for children aged 10 and above.

WAM/Esraa Ismail

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