Byzantine and Turkish glazed ceramics in southern Apulia, Italy

Byzantine and Turkish glazed ceramics in southern Apulia, Italy

By Paul Arthur

BYZAS, Vol.7 (2007)

Abstract: The author presents an outline of the production and examples of ceramic wares excavated in southern Apulia, which indicate varying relations between southern Italy and the Byzantine and Turkish East.

After the collapse of the Late Roman pottery trade system the ceramics of Apulia appear to have been produced regionally; in the 8th century, the production encompassed into a larger area spanning the southern Adriatic in which common ceramic types developed. In the following centuries we find increased imports of various Byzantine wares, and, influenced by these and also by Islamic pottery, the manufacture of local wares which were in turn traded outside of the region.

The Ottoman expansion in the 15th century caused a resettlement of refugees from Greece and Albania, amongst them potters, in its wake further types of wares were added to the range of locally manufactured and regionally traded products. Iznik ware was occasionally imported as a rarity of high status, attesting trade with the Ottoman Empire.

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