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Bowl with Green, Yellow, and Brown Splashed Decoration

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; white slip, incised and splashed with polychrome glazes under transparent glaze (sgraffito ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) Diam. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.137
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 452
This bowl is an example of the splashware made throughout Iraq, Iran, and western Central Asia, a type possibly inspired by Tang Chinese wares that were mainly decorated in a combination of green, yellow, and brown glazes. The addition of geometric and floral patterns, scratched into the surface of the bowl before the glazes were applied, is uniquely Iranian, and the vigorous yet refined drawing of the foliate forms makes this one of the finest splashed sgraffito pieces excavated.
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

Lane, Arthur. "Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia." In Early Islamic Pottery. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain. London: Faber and Faber, 1947. p. 12, ill. pl. 6B (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 160, ill. fig. 95 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 66, ch. 2, pp. 69, 88, ill. p. 88 (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 23-24, ill. fig. 12 (color).

Ettinghausen, Richard, and Oleg Grabar. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 650-1250. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1987. p. 228, ill. fig. 237 (b/w).

Blair, Sheila S. Text and Image in Medieval Persian Art. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. p. 20, ill. fig. 2.8 (color).

Coen, Ester. Matisse arabesque. Rome: Skira, 2015. p. 58, ill. fig. 1 (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard, Oleg Grabar, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250. 2nd ed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 118, ill. fig. 185 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 170-171, ill. pl. 33 (color).



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