Bowl with Polychrome Decoration on a Black Slip Ground
Earthenware; black slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Diam. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1938
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 452
Bowls made with boldly colored slips (diluted clay) were made throughout the area surrounding Nishapur. These slip wares are easily distinguished from the ceramics produced in the rest of the Abbasid Empire, and bear no relation to the popular Chinese-style ceramics also produced in Nishapur. Similar rosettes decorate bowls from other nearby sites, including Samarqand, but the peculiar leaf design is more common in the finds from Nishapur. This small bowl was probably made for daily household use.
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
Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 17, ch. 5, pp. 163, 172, ill. p. 172 (b/w).
Grabar, Oleg. "1989 Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts." In Intermediary Demons Toward a Theory of Ornament. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1989. p. 16, ill. fig. 9 (b/w).