conical bowl with cream glaze; two palmettes and other designs at inner sides in tan, green and brown

Large Bowl, 10th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Notable for its size, this steep bowl features inner walls with leaf-shaped palmettes united by a narrow, highly abstract mock-Kufic inscription. Two bands of Kufic script in gold appear opposite each other on the rim. Small brown and reddish-brown roundels are positioned between the palmettes and the gold inscriptions animating the overall design. The texts in this group of bowls are usually brief Kufic inscription espousing Islamic virtues such as charity, modesty, and personal perfection. The writings can also wish blessings on the owner. Polychrome ware featuring opposed palmettes, opposed Arabic inscriptions, and slip-incised patterns like those here, were very popular across central Asia during the 10th and 11th centuries.

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Large Bowl
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Artist
Accession Number
2003.98.2
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conical bowl with cream glaze; two palmettes and other designs at inner sides in tan, green and brown