9th–10th century AD
fine earthenware, with an opaque white glaze and in-glaze staining
6.4 x 22.4cm
Opaque white-glazed wares with deep cobalt blue decoration were produced in the early Abbasid period and were exported as far as China. The single line inscription in the centre reads, ‘amal Burhan (‘the work of Burhan’).
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.32, p.43. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.27, p.48.