Earthenware; black slip with white slip decoration under transparent glaze
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Diam. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1937
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
In contrast to the many examples that feature black writing on a white ground, this calligraphic bowl is one of a smaller group made with white slip decoration on a black slip ground. In this case, the flourishes at the tops of the letters make them almost look like the birds found on numerous Nishapur ceramics.
Inscription: In Arabic, repeated on cavetto: "baraka" ("Blessing") (?)
1936, excavated at Village Tepe in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1937, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds
Wilkinson, Charles K. "The Iranian Expedition 1936: The Excavations at Nishapur." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 32 (1937). p. 19, ill. fig. 27 (b/w).
Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 2, ch. 5, pp. 160, 170, ill. p. 170 (b/w).