Flat-rimmed Bowl with painted abstract design

Accession Number

Flat-rimmed Bowl with painted abstract design


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
13th century

Medium & Support
fritware with blue underglaze painting and green glaze

3 9/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. ( 9 cm x 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This flat-rimmed bowl is typical of Sultanabad style ceramics. The shape, for example, is a popular form of the category. Pseudo-inscriptions often appear around exterior rim walls, as seen here. The interior vegetative motif is comparable to other examples of Sultanabad ceramics of this type.

The overall shape, style and technique of this bowl may be attributed to Sultanabad Il-Khanid wares. The exterior vertical strokes may be a repetition of the Arabic Kufic letter alif. The bowls of this style and region have a distinct profile shape, as seen here.

Physical Description
This dark green flat-rimmed bowl comes from the 13th century Iran and is decorated with abstract and painted designs. The interior features a floral design with buds, white the exterior has highly conventionalized inscribed bands and some floral elements.

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Primary Object Type

Collection Area

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Il-Khanid pottery styles
Islamic (culture or style)
Sultanabad (Il-Khanid pottery style)
Sultanabad ware
bowls (vessels)
ceramic ware (visual works)
floral patterns

3 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
Cabinet J: Shelf 2
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet J ➜ Shelf 2