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Bowls with Repeating Inscription, "Blessing"

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
late 9th–early 10th century
Geography:
Found Iran, Nishapur
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, no catalogue.

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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