This striking turquoise‑and‑black bowl belongs to a group of ceramics known as Kubachi ware. Named for a village in the Caucasus where this pottery was discovered in quantity, Kubatchi wares may have been produced elsewhere in northwestern Iran. This bowl— painted in black under a pale turquoise glaze, with an incised pattern of spirals and floral elements—is among the earliest examples. The bowl displays an inscription of wishes for good fortune.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until his d.1917; bequeathed to MMA)
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