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Deep bowl with vegetal and calligraphic designs


Artwork Details

Deep bowl with vegetal and calligraphic designs
10th century
fritware with painted designs in red, yellow, and dark brown
3 in. x 8 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. ( 7.62 cm x 21.59 cm x 21.59 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

The colors of this bowl are typical of the basic Nishapur palette. Similar bowls are made with the same combination of brown, orange and yellow-green designs on an ivory background. The curtain-like motif with a string and ball attached provides the design for other similar bowls. It can therefore be assumed that this type of decoration was common for pottery produced in Nishapur. 

The inscription on this bowl is a small Kufic repetition of the words al-yumn which translates to good fortune. 

Physical Description:

The vibrant coloring of this deep bowl consists dark brown, muddy brown, yellow-green and ivory. The design is organized around an inscription which appears above the base far down on the side. Above the inscription running horizontally is a separate enclosed design which looks like arcaded doorways with a string with a ball on it cutting each arcade in half for a total of seven. Opposite this is a series of four and one-half arcades in a vertical direction. Between these two areas there is a design repeated on opposite sides of the bowl with floral circular motifs on each side of a large, abstracted pear-shape form. The circles are brown and yellow-green and the pear form is orange and brown. Beneath each circle is a 'base' narrowing towards the center and directing the eye to the base. The base is covered with a shield-like design of orange and brown. The ivory background is not filled in but certain lines have been incised to add greater interest.  

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