9th or 10th century AD
buff-bodied earthenware, with monochrome lustre decoration over an opaque white glaze
9 x 28.5cm
The bowl, which is deep and unusually large, belongs to a group distinguished by the fine quality of their painting and by their often significant iconography, in this case a humped bull.
The bowl shares many elements of its design with a large flat dish in the Collection, and the two may very well be the product of the same atelier, perhaps even decorated by the same painter [see POT 1593].
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.16, pp.24–5.