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POT 100
POT 100

Bowl

POT 100

Nishapur, Iran

10th or 11th century AD

POT 100
POT 100, exterior

Bowl

POT 100

Nishapur, Iran

10th or 11th century AD

earthenware, slip-painted under a colourless lead glaze

13.4 x 39.4cm

The colouring of this large, deep bowl –a dark brown slip against a yellowish-white ground – indicates that the potter wished to imitate the effect of monochrome lustre. The design, however, is far removed from Abbasid models, for the plump birds, with their large leaf-shaped wings, were an invention of Khurasani potters.

E.J. Grube et al, Cobalt and Lustre. The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume IX, London 1994, cat.86, pp.92–3.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.36, p.51.