Stonepaste; polychrome inglaze and overglaze painted and gilded on opaque monochrome glaze (mina'i)
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Diam. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Wt. 14 oz. (396.9 g)
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Gift of The Schiff Foundation, 1957
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999
The figures and decoration on the interior of this bowl combine imagery of the courtly cycle and astronomy. In the center the sun is surrounded by personifications of the planets (clockwise) Mars, Mercury, Venus, the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter. Islamic astronomers believed the planets orbited the earth, forming seven concentric circles. An eighth, outer sphere contained the constellations and signs of the zodiac, possibly represented by the six large and twelve small gold circles between the planets’ heads.
Inscription: In Arabic, in kufic script, inside below the rim, and incorrectly written: "Good wishes"
In Persian, in cursive script, on the outside: "[undeciphered] al-Din Ruler of Islam and the Muslims"
In Arabic language and in Naskhi scrip
ملک البر و [البحر ...] الدنیا و الدین ملک الاسلام و المسلمین ابو ... ـعرک قسیم امیر المؤمنین
The king of mainland and sea … world and religion
King of Islam and the Muslims Abū …. mʻrak ally of the prince of faithful.
Inside in Kufic script
و البرکة و الرحمة و الیمن ... و النصر الغالب ... و السعادة ... و النعمة ... و الدولة و السعادة ... و النعمة .... و الفدرة
And blessing and merciful and good fortune … and winner victory … and happiness … and grace … and power and happiness … and grace … and power
[ M. Parish-Watson, New York, by 1922–31]; Mortimer L. Schiff, New York (until d. 1931); his son, John M. Schiff, New York (1931–57; sold and gifted to MMA)
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