Bowl with Arabic Inscription, "He who multiplies his words, multiplies his worthlessness"

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 10th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran or present-day Uzbekistan, Nishapur or Samarqand. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur

Medium: Earthenware; white slip with incised black slip decoration under a transparent glaze

Dimensions: Diam. 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1940

Accession Number: 40.170.25


A particularly fine example of the calligraphic ware produced in the Nishapur region, the simple black decoration on this white, slip covered bowl is confined to four blocks of writing surrounding a central knot motif. The inscription reads: "He who multiplies his words, multiplies his worthlessness."