Bowl with calligraphic decoration

A work made of earthenware, white slip with black slip decoration under a transparent glaze.
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  • A work made of earthenware, white slip with black slip decoration under a transparent glaze.

Date:

10th century

Artist:

Eastern Iran or Transoxiana (primarily Uzbekistan)

About this artwork

In the 10th and 11th centuries, a tradition of painting ceramics in thick colored slips (watered-down clay) became common practice in central and eastern Iran. These vessels were typically decorated with simple calligraphic lines, often containing blessings or pious insights, not unlike fortune cookie messages. Here the text reads, "[Generosity] is a disposition of the dwellers of Paradise… regret." This type of script is known as knotted Kufic, distinctive for its consistent baseline and embellished by small knots and twists in the staffs of the letters.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Artist

Islamic

Title

Bowl with calligraphic decoration

Origin

Iran

Date

900 AD–1000

Medium

Earthenware, white slip with black slip decoration under a transparent glaze

Dimensions

Di: 26.1 cm; H: 9 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Harvey and Beth Plotnick

Reference Number

2013.44

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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