Bowl, Earthenware; polychrome slip under transparent glaze

Bowl

Date:
10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Earthenware; polychrome slip under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Diam. of rim: 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, 1965
Accession Number:
65.270.1
Not on view
Although the iconography of buff-colored earthenwares like this bowl is not well understood, it is clear that a number of pieces with similar colors were created in a Christian context. At the time, Nishapur was also a Nestorian bishopric, and a number of these pieces incorporate crosses in their decoration.
Inscription: Kufic
[probably Hassan Khan Monif, New York]; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, New York (by 1961–65; gifted to MMA)
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 4.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 4, pp. 34-35, ill. p. 35 (b/w).