Spouted Bowl, Inscribed "Sovereignty is God's", Earthenware; white slip with black slip decoration under transparent glaze

Spouted Bowl, Inscribed "Sovereignty is God's"

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
late 10th century
Geography:
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Earthenware; white slip with black slip decoration under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 15/16 in. (7.4 cm)
D. 7 1/16 in. (18 cm)
Base: 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.93
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Although inscribed with a lofty sentiment, this bowl served a very practical function in the preparation of food, and even has a useful spout for pouring.
Inscription: Arabic: “al mulk lillah" (sovereignty is God's)
Supreme authority is God's [al-mulk lillah] (Ghouchani 1986, pl. 134)
1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, 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. no 16a,b, ch. 3, pp. 97, 114, ill. p. 114 (b/w).