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Bowls with Repeating Inscription, "Blessing"

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
late 9th–early 10th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; black slip with white slip decoration under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Diam. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.40.22
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

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Louvre Long Term Loan," April 28, 2004–April 27, 2006.

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).



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