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POT 1749, interior
POT 1749, interior

Bowl with Addorsed Birds

POT 1749

Syria

late 12th century AD

POT 1749, interior
POT 1749, exterior

Bowl with Addorsed Birds

POT 1749

Syria

late 12th century AD

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.