"Bamiyan Ware" bowl

Object Name: Plate

Date: 11th–12th century

Geography: Probably made in Central Asia

Medium: Earthenware; slip-covered, incised and polychrome decorated under a transparent glaze

Dimensions: H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Diam. of rim: 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.24


Pottery decorated with incised designs and splashed colored glazes was popular in most areas of the Islamic world. This plate belongs to a group of ceramics reportedly found at the site of Shahr-i Ghulghula at Bamiyan in Afghanistan. While these works are usually described as "Bamiyan," there is no archaeological evidence that they were produced there.