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Four Polychrome Slip Painted Bowls

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; red slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm) Diam. 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.108
Not on view
Bowls made with slips (diluted clay) with wholly local designs were made throughout the area surrounding Nishapur. These slip wares are easily distinguished from the ceramics produced in the rest of the Abbasid Empire to which Nishapur belonged, and bear no relation to the popular Chinese-style ceramics also produced in Nishapur. This bowl combines one of the favored palettes—a brownish red, decorated with black and white—and the motifs typical of this type: strapwork enclosing abstract floral designs. Small bowls such as this were found in quantity in the Sabz Pushan area; they appear to have been common household items made locally.
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1938, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

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