High‑tin bronze was an alternative to silver, appreciated for its bright surface, resonant quality, and resistance to bronze disease. This piece belongs to a group of hemispherical footless bowls produced in the Ghaznavid period. The bowl is inscribed in Arabic with maxims, good wishes, and the artist's name.
Inscription: Abdullah Ghouchani:
Inside, Upper: Keep your tongue from speaking and getting in trouble, because problems always come from talking. For every delay there is a book; for every work there is a reward; for every work there is deferment. Work of Abu Nasr al-Naqqash.
Inside, Lower: With joy, blessing, longevity, joy, happiness, power, joy, victory, victory, victory, and joy.
Outside, Upper: Keep your tongue from speaking and getting in trouble, because problems always come from talking. For every delay there is a book; for every work there is a reward; for every work there is deferment. Work of Abu Nasr al-naqqash.
Outside, Lower: With joy, blessing, happiness, and peace.
[Francesca Leoni, fellow: 4-15-2008]
Inside upper band in Kufic script Arabic poem and proverbs and name of metal worker as:
احفظ لسانک لا لتقول فتبتلا ان الکلام موکل بالمنطق لكل اجل كتاب و لكل عمل ثواب و لكل عمل رجاء -- عمل بو نصر النقاش
Inside lower: باليمن و البركة والبقاء و النصرة و النصرة و الغبطة
Outside Larger band: same as inside upper Outside Central star:
باليمن والبركة والسرور والسلامة
A. F. Mackenzie ; Hagop Kevorkian, New York (by 1957–d. 1962); Kevorkian Foundation, New York (1962–70; its sale, Sotheby's London,December 8, 1970, no. 85, to MMA)
von Grunebaum, Gustave E., ed. Unity and Variety in Muslim Civilization. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955. pp. 115-116, pl. 3a, In article by R. Ettinghausen: 'Interaction and Integration in Islamic Art'.
Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 139, ill. (b/w).