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Plate Depicting a Flowering Bush in Two-Toned Luster

Object Name:
Plate
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq, probably Basra
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) Diam. of rim: 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.309
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
A highly stylized, flowering bush fills the center of this plate, its blooming flowers scattered over the surface of the plate in a pattern recalling mosaics or millefiori glass. The word mulk ("sovereignty") repeats in kufic around the flat rim, possibly as an abbreviation of the common calligraphic saying al-mulk lillah ("sovereignty belongs to God").
Inscription: Mulk ("sovereignty") repeated around rim.
S. K. Garratt(in 1969); [ Bluett & Sons LTD, London, until 1976; sold to MMA]
"An exhibition arranged by the Islamic Art Circle and held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1 October to 30 November 1969." In Islamic Pottery 800–1400 AD. Uxbridge, England: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1969. no. 19, p. 13, ill. pl. 19 (b/w).

"Incense Burner with Domed Cover Islamic, Abbasid period (750–1258), 8th–9th century Bronze; cast, pierced, and incised H. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm) Gr. L. 9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm) Attributed to: Iran Fletcher Fund, 1976 ." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36 (1975–1979). pp. 17-18, ill. (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard. Archives of Asian Art. vol. XXXI (1977–1978). p. 139.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 5, pp. 8-9, ill. pl. 5 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam. "Shimmering Surfaces: Lustre Ceramics of the Islamic World." Arts of Asia vol. 42 (2012). p. 91, ill. fig. 2 (color).



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