Ceramic Bowl Inscribed with "'Izz" ("Glory")

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Bowls such as this one were typical tableware used daily by well-to-do, middle-class owners for liquid or solid food. This example’s biconical shape with a high, slightly conical foot was common in ceramics during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in both the eastern and the western spheres of the Seljuq realm. Its decorative elements, formulaic benedictory inscriptions—baraka kamila (consummate blessing) in radiating panels, and al-‘izz (glory) repeated four times in reserve on a ground of spirals—and color palette are characteristic of ceramics produced in Raqqa and elsewhere in Greater Syria.

Ceramic Bowl Inscribed with "'Izz" ("Glory"), Stonepaste; underglaze-painted, glazed (transparent colorless), luster-painted

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