Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

Ceramics such as this bowl are among the first examples to incorporate calligraphy as the main element of decoration. The Iraqi potters of the ninth century attempted to emulate the luminous quality and hard body of Chinese whitewares by using a tin‑opacified white glaze. The Arabic word ghibta (happiness) is repeated twice in cobalt blue at the center.

#6678. Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware, Part 1



  1. 6678. Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware, Part 1
  2. 6678. Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware
Bowl Emulating Chinese Stoneware, Earthenware; painted in blue on opaque white glaze

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