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POT 1750, exterior
POT 1750, exterior

Bowl with Quails

POT 1750

Syria

late 12th century AD

POT 1750, exterior
POT 1750, interior

Bowl with Quails

POT 1750

Syria

late 12th century AD

stonepaste ware, painted in yellowish-brown lustre over a transparent glaze (‘Tell Minis’ ware)

10.8 x 19.2cm

The bowl has straight sides, slightly everted at the rim, and a low foot. The shape is unusual, but other examples with a similar profile decorated with lustre, or bearing carved flutes, are known.

The exterior has a frieze of quails with sprigs in their beaks and at their tails. Inside is a central 8-petalled rosette and a band of floriated Kufic. The inscription is benedictory and reads, ‘Perpetual glory, sovereignty, perpetual glory, sovereignty, perpetual glory.’

[For ‘Tell Minis’ ware, see POT 1748].

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.141, p.141.