Iran or present-day Uzbekistan, Nishapur or Samarqand
Earthenware; white slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Diam. of rim: 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1970
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Excavations at Nishapur and Samarqand produced a wide range of ceramic finds; among these was a group of earthenware vessels covered in white and polychrome slip. This shallow bowl is decorated with two symmetrically-arranged designs of red and brown slip that are joined by a trail of dots. Because of close ties between Nishapur and Samarqand during the Samanid period, scholars have been unable to identify the precise origin of this bowl.
[ Farhadi and Anavian Company, New York, until 1970; sold to MMA]