Plate Depicting a Flowering Bush in Two-Toned Luster

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

A highly stylized, flowering bush fills the center of this plate, its blooming flowers scattered over the surface of the plate in a pattern recalling mosaics or millefiori glass. The word mulk ("sovereignty") repeats in kufic around the flat rim, possibly as an abbreviation of the common calligraphic saying al-mulk lillah ("sovereignty belongs to God").

Plate Depicting a Flowering Bush in Two-Toned Luster, Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze

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