chapter  3
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An Introduction to the Study of Muslim Ceramics

Idonotknowofanyothercrafttradewhichsuggestssomanydiverse considerationsduringthestudyofitspractice,itstheoryanditshistory, interestingconsiderationsrichineconomicaswellasscientificapplication, asdocstheceramicart...Idonotknowofonewhichcreatessimplerormore variedproducts,productseasiertomakeormoredurabledespitetheirfragil-


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ity. No other product of human industry unites all these qualities. Precious

metals ... arc difficult to win from the earth and difficult to prepare. The less

precious and more frequent ones-iron and copper-change with the pas-

sage of time. Those which do not change-gold and silver-have a rarity and

value that does not allow the multiplication of objects that one can make

from them, nor their long preservation. Neither fabrics, which are difficult to

weave. nor wood and organic fibres, which are so easy to work, possess this

durability of matter which is necessary to the history of man and nature.