Bowl with Arabic Inscription

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450

The calligraphic decoration on this bowl reads "Planning before work protects you from regret; prosperity and peace," but the shortening, bending, and elongation of the letters has transformed the words into abstract motifs of tremendous power. With its monumental presence and the artful arrangement of its letters, in which vertical flourishes punctuate the horizontal flow of the words at rhythmic intervals, this bowl stands out among the many other inscribed ceramics of the same period.

#6672. Bowl with Arabic Inscription

Bowl with Arabic Inscription, Earthenware; white slip with black-slip decoration under transparent glaze

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