Earthenware; white slip with polychrome slip decoration under transparent glaze
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Diam. of rim: 11 13/16 in. (30 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Lewis and Gemma Hall Gift, Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, and Harvey B. Plotnick Gift, 2003
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
The main decoration of this bowl contains a band of epigraphy that might be read as the graphic contraction of the word "bi ’l-yumn" ("with happiness") or "al-yumn" ("happiness"). The decorative aspect of the letters is clearly preeminent and goes to the detriment of their legibility, to the extent that the band might be regarded as a pseudo-inscription. However, such benedictory formulas were common on everyday objects of this period, such as pottery and metal.
[ Momtaz Islamic Art, until 2003; sold to MMA]
Carboni, Stefano, Navina Haidar, and Maryam Ekhtiar. "Recent Acquistions: A Selection 2003-2004." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 62, no. 2 (Fall 2004). pp. 10-11, ill.