H. 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)
Diam. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Wt. 18.8 oz. (533 g)
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1948
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999
Bowls such as this one were typical tableware used daily by well-to-do, middle-class owners for liquid or solid food. This example’s biconical shape with a high, slightly conical foot was common in ceramics during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in both the eastern and the western spheres of the Seljuq realm. Its decorative elements, formulaic benedictory inscriptions—baraka kamila (consummate blessing) in radiating panels, and al-‘izz (glory) repeated four times in reserve on a ground of spirals—and color palette are characteristic of ceramics produced in Raqqa and elsewhere in Greater Syria.
[ Kouchakji Frères, Paris and New York, until 1918; their sale, American ArtGalleries, New York, March 8–9, 1918, lot 301, to Brummer; [ Joseph Brummer, New York, from 1918]; H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1948; gifted to MMA)
Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, and A. C. S. Peacock. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 48, p. 119, ill. (color).
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria." In Raqqa Revisited. New York; New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 10, 126, 222, ill. MMA11, pp. 167, 168, 171, 173.