Pierced Bowl Signed by Hasan al-Qashani

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

The auspicious words “glory, prosperity, blessed power, and mercy to its owner” are inscribed in cursive script on this bowl, while the kufic inscription reads “Made by Hasan al-Qashani.” The latter portion of the potter’s name links him to Kashan, a central Iranian town that was a major center for stonepaste production and is believed to have had a monopoly on complex ceramic technologies. Stonepaste, however, was produced throughout Iran.

Pierced Bowl Signed by Hasan al-Qashani, Stonepaste; molded and pierced, monochrome decoration under transparent glaze

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