I've found at Wikimedia Commons a few dishes labeled as "Splashware". Imitation Splashware in fact. It seems to be related to archaeology, so I hope this is the right place to ask the question (instead of English SE).

What is splashware, who used it, and when?

Example 1 - Example 2


Splashware is earthenware "splashed" with polychrome glazes. It falls under the heading of Islamic art, and was found in places like Nishapur, Iran around the turn of the first and second millennia.

Here are some other examples of this Iranian art form.

It was perhaps inspired by porcelain from Tang China.

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  • Thanks. And what is the meaning of "imitation" in that context? Modern pottery trying to simulate ancient Splashware? – Fructibus Oct 14 '17 at 21:13
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    @Fructibus: I believe that some of the pieces required heavy "restoration," perhaps using modern methods. That would make them no longer "originals." I don't like the word "imitation," because I don't think that's really the case. The term that I would use is "based on," as in "based on a true story." That is,they are partly "original" and partly "restored." – Tom Au Oct 14 '17 at 21:17

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