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Bowl with concentric bands of epigraphic decoration

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Bowl with concentric bands of epigraphic decoration

Iranian; Artist Unknown, Iran or Transoxiana

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Object Creation Date
10th century

Medium & Support
earthenware with white slip, red, brown, and green slip painting, clear glaze

3 in. ( 7.6 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Label copy
Geometric patterns and artful writing constitute the most common motifs on ceramics produced in northeastern Iran and central Asia in the tenth century. While in other examples of epigraphic decoration the inscription contains well-wishings for the user of the vessel, in most instances, such as this dish, it is the beauty of the Arabic script itself that is the object of aesthetic enjoyment. Here, the inscription appears in white against alternating concentric bands of red and brown. The overall dynamic effect of motion, projection and recession is visually stabilized by the centrally positioned dot at the base of the bowl.
Yasser Tabbaa, Consulting Curator, 6/15/2005

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Islamic (culture or style)
bowls (vessels)
ceramics (object genre)

6 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
Cabinet J: Shelf 1
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)
White ware
(Part of: Tremel Ceramic Production Collection)

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UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet J ➜ Shelf 1