Earthenware; white slip, incised and splashed with polychrome glazes under a transparent glaze (sgraffito ware)
Diam. at rim 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm)
Diam. at base 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm)
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1940
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This dish’s decoration of concentric bands and gridded central roundel are typical of Nishapur splashware, and several other examples like this one were found during the excavations. Unusual, however, is the purplish-black glaze, which has disintegrated in some areas, leaving blank spots on the surface of the dish.
1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds
Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Louvre Long Term Loan," April 28, 2004–April 27, 2006.
Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 28a,b, pp. 63, 79, ill. p. 79 (b/w).