9th–10th century AD
fine earthenware, painted in monochrome lustre over an opaque white glaze
4.3 x 18cm
The bowl is decorated with a highly stylized human figure holding a goblet, and a short inscription – clearly part of a commonly used formula, ‘Trust [in God and you will be gratified], ask [and you will be given]’ – all on a dotted background.
The bowl is heavily made, with a fine yellow fabric, and is entirely covered with an opaque white glaze, except at the foot. The exterior is decorated with alternating tear-drops and circles.
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.21, p.30. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.31, p.49.