Buff Ware Bowl with Geometric Patterns, Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)

Buff Ware Bowl with Geometric Patterns

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Earthenware; polychrome decoration under transparent glaze (buff ware)
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Diam. of rim: 10 1/4 in. (10.3 x 26 cm)
Diam. of base: 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.40.68
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
A typical composition for the buff ware objects with abstract patterns, this bowl employs a favored quadripartite layout and hatched ground, and uses floral forms that were widespread in the ninth century.
1938, excavated at Tepe Madrasa 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. 20a,b, ch. 1, pp. 10, 34, ill. p. 34 (b/w).