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POT 389
POT 389

Shallow Bowl

POT 389

Nishapur, Iran

10th century AD

POT 389
POT 389, exterior

Shallow Bowl

POT 389

Nishapur, Iran

10th century AD

earthenware, decorated with purplish-black slip on a white ground, under a clear, transparent glaze with green and yellow staining (‘buff ware’)

9.5 x 22.1cm

This bowl is decorated in the style of folk art, a stratum poorly documented in many medieval Islamic cultures. A princely figure – with long tresses – is seated cross-legged, holding a leafy branch in one hand and a long-necked flask in the other. Around him, figures of long-horned ibexes alternate with plump birds on a ground sown with rosettes and groups of repeating Arabic letters.

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.57, pp.70–71.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.33, p.50.