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Bowl with concentric bands of epigraphic decoration

Iranian; Artist Unknown, Iran or Transoxiana

Artwork Details

Bowl with concentric bands of epigraphic decoration
10th century
Iranian; Artist Unknown, Iran or Transoxiana
earthenware with white slip, red, brown, and green slip painting, clear glaze
3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1961/1.184

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Geometric patterns and artful writing constitute the most common motifs on ceramics produced in northeastern Iran and central Asia in the tenth century. While in other examples of epigraphic decoration the inscription contains well-wishings for the user of the vessel, in most instances, such as this dish, it is the beauty of the Arabic script itself that is the object of aesthetic enjoyment. Here, the inscription appears in white against alternating concentric bands of red and brown. The overall dynamic effect of motion, projection and recession is visually stabilized by the centrally positioned dot at the base of the bowl.
Yasser Tabbaa, Consulting Curator, 6/15/2005

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