Exhibitions/ Art Object

Luster-Painted Bowl

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Made in Iraq
Medium:
Earthenware, painted in luster over an opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); max. diam: 8 1/16 in. (20.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
The David Collection, Copenhagen (26/1962)
Not on view
In the ninth and tenth centuries, Islamic potters adapted to ceramics the luster decorating technique known to pre-Islamic glassmakers in Egypt. Here the decoration displays a two-dimensional version of Samarran-style vegetal decoration that can also be interpreted as a pair of confronted, stylized birds with leaf-shaped beaks.
Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script: Blessing
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.