Earthenware; white slip with black-slip decoration under transparent glaze
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1965
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
The calligraphic decoration on this bowl reads "Planning before work protects you from regret; prosperity and peace," but the shortening, bending, and elongation of the letters has transformed the words into abstract motifs of tremendous power. With its monumental presence and the artful arrangement of its letters, in which vertical flourishes punctuate the horizontal flow of the words at rhythmic intervals, this bowl stands out among the many other inscribed ceramics of the same period.
Inscription: Arabic inscription in “new-style” script around the inner rim:
التدبیر قبل العمل یؤمنك من الندم الیمن والسلامه
Planning before work protects you from regret; good luck and well-being
[ E. Safani, New York, until 1965; sold to MMA]
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