Bowl with Green Splashes

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

In response to the popularity of imported Chinese ceramics, Abbasid artists learned to replicate the colors and shapes of these prestigious goods for a growing clientele. This bowl shows the results of these efforts, particularly in its color scheme. Green was a popular color used in the decoration of glazed bowls that imitated Chinese white stoneware. The green streaks are carefully controlled to run radially toward the center of this bowl, creating a harmonious design. Some early Abbasid ceramics include short, generic inscriptions of well-wishes. The blue inscription at the center is written in a kufic script, wishing "Blessing, good fortune" to the bowl’s owner.

Bowl with Green Splashes, Earthenware; 'splash-painted' on opaque white glaze

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