Iraq, probably Basra
Earthenware; painted in blue on opaque white glaze
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm), Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1963 (63.159.4)
This ceramic bowl is one of the earliest examples to incorporate calligraphy as the main element of decoration. The Arabic word ghibta (happiness) is repeated in the center and creates a balanced composition when combined with the half-circles decorating the rim.