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Bowl with inscriptions in Kufic and another script

Accession Number
1957/1.60

Title
Bowl with inscriptions in Kufic and another script

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
early 13th century

Medium & Support
fritware with blue underglaze painting and gold lustre overglaze painting

Dimensions
2 3/4 in. x 6 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. ( 7 cm x 15.6 cm x 15.6 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase

Subject matter
The shape of this vessel commonly produced by Kashan potters and decoration parallels luster-painted vessels made in Kashan but found in Gurgan. The central interior motif is a bird amongst spiral decorations. Kufic bands of inscription encircle the interior rim. 

Physical Description
This Kashan style bowl has flaring walls and is made with opaque turquoise glaze, yellow-brown lustre painting and blue overglaze painting. The bowl contains Kufic inscription in cobalt which encircle the interior, with white inscriptions around the rim and center. A bird motif decorates the interior base.  On the outside, we find white Kufic inscriptions under a blue cobalt line encircling the upper part of the bowl.
 

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
bowl

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Arabic scripts
Gurgan
Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Islamic
Islamic (culture or style)
Kashan
Kufic
Seljuk pottery styles
Sultanabad ware
birds (motifs)
bowl
bowls (vessels)
luster glaze
lusterware

6 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
PAST - Maize & Blue
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
Cobalt & Blue
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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