An outstanding condition ceramic bowl with brown - almost black - decoration on a creamy white background, dating 9th-10th. cent. A.D.
Ceramic bowl, Earthenware, engobe, underglaze slip-painted. The glaze is complete.
Bowls including bold black inscriptions in the so-called kufic angular calligraphy were produced in the important ceramic centers of Nishapur in eastern Iran. The text often contains a proverb in Arabic or a series of wishes.
This bowl, which was used to serve food, is one of the most accomplished works of the type, with artistic stylized calligraphy. The bowl represents the first revival of the traditional art due to the rise of the native Islamic dynasty of the Samanids. A most important bowl that shows the true glory of the simple artful style that owes much to the Sassanian art and to the earlier cultures of the Iran.
Size: 220 mm. wide and c. 84 mm. high.
Condition: Superb! Looks completely unrestored, much original surface, even the backside of the bowl is with original glace. A remarkable piece!
Ancient Near East