Iran, perhaps Nishapur
12th century AD
white stonepaste ware, moulded and carved, with piercing
15.1 x 23cm
The bowl belongs to a large group of monochrome-glazed bowls decorated with low-relief moulded designs which – as here – consisted mostly non-figurative floral or calligraphic motifs.
The inscription on this bowl, which is in an archaic Kufic script, reads, ‘Glory and prosperity, glory, glory, and generosity, wealth, happiness, well-being, long life’. The fine potting and the pierced background of the inscription give the bowl an almost translucent quality.
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.153, pp.159, 161. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.122, p.109.