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Imitation Bichrome Luster Bowl

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; white slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm) Diam. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.135
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The decoration of this bowl imitates a type of luster ceramic usually dated to the mid- to late ninth century, characterized by the use of two shades of a brownish-gold glaze. Instead of being made with the metal-based glaze of luster ware, though, this bowl is decorated with brown and yellow glazes made of diluted clay. Its interior is divided into quarters by projecting vertical strokes; each quadrant is decorated with the "peacock-eye" pattern so common on luster wares of this period.
1937, excavated at Village Tepe 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. 50, ch. 6, pp. 193, 204, ill. p. 204 (b/w).



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