Bowl with Addorsed Birds

stonepaste, painted in olive-brown lustre over a transparent glaze (‘Tell Minis’ ware)

7.2 x 23cm

The bowl, which is in excellent condition, has flaring sides and a slightly everted rim, and is finely potted. The centre has addorsed birds with a foliate spray between them. The details are incised in the lustre, somewhat in the manner of Fatimid pottery bearing the name Sa‘d. The sides have a pseudo-Kufic inscription of repeating letter forms with swags and curlicues below it.

The exterior has two inscriptions. One consists of a single word, probably khass (‘private’). The second appears to be a signature, ‘from the work of Ibn al-Hatif (?)’.

[For ‘Tell Minis’ ware, see POT 1748].

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.140, p.120.