Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fragment of an Imported Chinese Bowl

Object Name:
Fragment of a bowl
Date:
late 7th–first half 8th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur; China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Earthenware; applied relief medallion under three color (sancai) glaze
Dimensions:
2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.274
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Chinese ceramics were highly valued and commonly imitated in Nishapur. The Nishapur imitations took different forms: the whiteness of the Chinese porcelains led local potters to develop the opaque white glazes with which they covered their wares, while the three-color sancai Chinese imports led to the invention of splashware, made by dripping brown, yellow, and green glazes over their pots. This medallion from the base of a bowl, with the molded image of a dragon with a flaming jewel, is an example of an imported Chinese sancai ware object; its find at Nishapur is an important piece of evidence in the story of Nishapuri pottery development.
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. 13, ch. 10, pp. 257-258, ill. p. 258 (b/w).



Related Objects

Bowl with Arabic Inscription

Date: 10th century Medium: Earthenware; white slip with black-slip decoration under transparent glaze Accession: 65.106.2 On view in:Gallery 450

Bowl with Green, Yellow, and Brown Splashed Decoration

Date: 10th century Medium: Earthenware; white slip, incised and splashed with polychrome glazes under transparent glaze (sgraffito ware) Accession: 38.40.137 On view in:Gallery 452

Animal-Spouted Pitcher

Date: 9th–10th century Medium: Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware) Accession: 38.40.247 On view in:Gallery 452

Lantern for a Lamp

Date: 9th–10th century Medium: Earthenware; carved decoration, unglazed Accession: 39.40.87 On view in:Gallery 453

Bowl with Inscription, "Sovereignty is God's"

Date: late 9th–early 10th century Medium: Earthenware; white slip with black slip decoration under transparent glaze Accession: 38.40.118 On view in:Not on view