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Imitation Luster Bowl, inscribed "Blessing"

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Earthenware; white slip with monochrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm) Diam. 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.36
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This piece copies a known type of tenth-century monochrome luster-painted ware from Iraq, of which several fragments were found in the Nishapur excavations. Unlike the bowls from Iraq, whose shape is based on that of Chinese porcelains, the bowls made in Nishapur have straight walls and a flat base. It is inscribed with two instances of the word "blessing"—facing up on one side and down on the other.
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

"The Museum's Excavations at Nishapur." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 37, no. 4 (1942). p. 112, ill. fig. 36 (b/w).

McAllister, Hannah, Maurice S. Dimand, Charles K. Wilkinson, and Walter Hauser. "Excavations of the Iranian Expedition in the Kanat Teppeh, Nishapur." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, old series, vol. 37 (1942). pp. 109-110, 112, ill. fig. 36 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 42, ch. 6, pp. 190-191, 201, ill. p. 201 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam. "Shimmering Surfaces: Lustre Ceramics of the Islamic World." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). p. 92, ill. fig. 4 (color).



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