Hispano Moresque Ware

 The art of Islamic Spain or Al-Andalus is referred to as Hispano Moresque in style and subsequently the ceramic art of this region is referred to as Hispano-Moresque ware. Seen Pictured is an Alhambra vase produced during the last kingdom in southern Spain before the Moors were driven from Spain in 1492 by united catholic Spain. Drawing on the tin white technology the ware began as sgrafito and brush work on a white field and eventually developed into elaborate plates and bowls and even vases such as this. With its stylized Kufic letters incorporated into the gold-on-white designs and floral conventions displayed in the white-on-gold registers the piece is thought to be a symbol of divine authority and providence.