Imported Cobalt-on-White Bowl, Earthenware; painted in blue on opaque white (tin) glaze

Imported Cobalt-on-White Bowl

Object Name:
9th–10th century
Attributed to Iraq or western Iran. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Earthenware; painted in blue on opaque white (tin) glaze
H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
Diam. 8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm)
Diam. Base: 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Cobalt blue was popular on certain types of ninth-century Iraqi pottery, but never on early Nishapur ceramics, and so this bowl has been attributed to Iraq or perhaps western Iran. Interestingly, the cobalt wares of Iraq, with their stark white, tin-opacified grounds, were made in imitation of Chinese porcelains with blue designs.
1938, excavated at Qanat Tepe in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 3, ch. 6, pp. 183, 194, ill. p. 194 (b/w).