Bowl with Arabic inscription, 10th century
Attributed to Iran or present–day Uzbekistan, Nishapur or Samarqand; found at Iran, Nishapur, Tepe Madrasa
Earthenware; white slip with incised black slip decoration under transparent glaze; H. 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm), Max. Diam. 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1940 (40.170.25)
A particularly fine example of the calligraphic ware produced in the Nishapur region, the simple black decoration on this white, slip covered bowl is confined to four blocks of writing surrounding a central knot motif. The inscription reads: "He who multiplies his words, multiplies his worthlessness."