Imitation Green-Splashed Samarra Ware

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

This bowl, with its opaque white ground, splashes of green glaze, and radial inscription, imitates a type of bowl made in Basra, Iraq, that was in turn based on Chinese prototypes. The inscription on this bowl, written with a purplish-black glaze rather than the cobalt blue used on Iraqi ceramics, identifies it as a Nishapur product.

Imitation Green-Splashed Samarra Ware, Earthenware; painted in black with splashes of green on opaque white (tin) glaze

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