Earthenware; polychrome slip under transparent glaze
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm) Diam. of rim: 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, 1965
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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
[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).
Artist:Date: 10th century Accession Number: 38.40.137 Date:10th centuryMedium:Earthenware; white slip, incised and splashed with polychrome glazes under transparent glaze (sgraffito ware)Accession:38.40.137On view in:Gallery 452
Artist:Date: late 9th–early 10th century Accession Number: 38.40.118 Date:late 9th–early 10th centuryMedium:Earthenware; white slip with black slip decoration under transparent glazeAccession:38.40.118On view in:Not on view