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Bamiyan Ceramic Bowl - JB.1291
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 BC to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 3.2" (8.1cm) high x 6.3" (16.0cm) wide
Collection: Islamic
Medium: Earthenware

Location: Great Britain
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The incised wares of Eastern Ancient Iran (present day Afghanistan) have only emerged in fairly recent archeological publications. They represent a very widespread and diverse manufacture. This dish resembles those first reported from the site of Bamiyan (see Gardin, 1957; especially pls 2-3).

This vivacious earthenware bowl has decoration incised (hence “Sgraffiato”) through a white slip, with lively splashes of brown and green color under a transparent glaze. The decoration gives a warm ethnic energy to the piece. This beautiful and spirited bowl is most unusual in the benedictory inscription incised around the inside of the bowl.

For comparable examples see Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, cataloging the Al- Sabah Collection in the Kuwait National Museum, 2004.

Also Earnst J. Grube, Cobalt and Lustre, The Nasser D. Khallili Collection of Islamic Art, 1994. - (JB.1291)


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