Nishapur 'Buffware' Bowl - AMD.85, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 900 AD to 1000 AD, Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 8.4" (21.3cm) wide, Collection: Islamic Art, Style: Nishapur Ware, Medium: Buff Earthenware. These early Islamic polychrome wares are among the most extraordinary of medieval ceramics, particularly for the verve and animation of the abstract designs they display and the vibrancy of their bold colors. From the lack of significant discoveries elsewhere it would appear that the so called Nishapur “Buff" or Polychrome Wares are specifically attributable to Nishapur. Very few such wares have been discovered elsewhere and the designs of those that have been found are very limited. The artistry reveals some influence of early monochrome luster painted pottery. This type is characterized by the yellow colored ground slip over which the dense decoration is painted in polychrome.