9th century AD
earthenware, with moulded and incised decoration under a transparent green glaze with patches of yellow and purple staining
3 x 18cm
The dish ranks among the finest examples of rare group of pottery that first came to light in the excavations at Samarra and later in those at Susa. he group shares certain characteristics, such as the shallow form without articulation; low-relief decoration moulded with great precision; and the use of a fine glaze which covers the entire surface of the vessel, both inside and outside.
Published: 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.15, pp.22–3. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.24, p.48.