The Medieval Muslim Ships of the Pisan Bacini

By John H. Pryor & Sergio Bellabarba, published May 1990


The decorative bacini of glazed ceramic bowls used on medieval Italian churches, especially in Pisa, depict magnifient Muslim sailing ships. Medieval Arabic literature uses two hundred words for ships, and the various types are described. The strongly recurved stemposts are similar to those used in the Christian west. The article describes the use of sweeps and the number of decks.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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