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Bowl with Red and Black Vegetal Motifs

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Iran or present-day Uzbekistan, Nishapur or Samarqand
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; white slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm) Diam. of rim: 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.21
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]
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