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Slip-Painted Nishapur Bowl - X.0651
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 900 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high x 7.875" (20.0cm) wide
Collection: Islamic
Style: Nishapur Ware
Medium: Earthenware


Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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This exceptional earthenware bowl has a red slip ground with a black and white slip painted decoration. The central scrolling motif is within a large six pointed element, similar to what is today known as “The Star of David”, which occupies the interior. Throughout the remaining space, unusual stylized leafs and foliage are highlighted by the use of “yellow staining” black pigment. The entire bowl would have been under a transparent glaze. The Khalili collection has a large bowl with a somewhat similar geometric shape on the medallion, attributed to the production centres of Samarqand and Transoxiana. While there is no religious connotation behind the motifs which decorate this outstanding bowl, Geza Fehervari notes that there is a jug in the Tareq Rajab Museum of Kuwait (No. 50 CER94TSR), decorated with what appears to be Hebrew lettering. During the SOAS (University of London) excavations at Ghubayra in Kirman province, shards with Hebrew lettering have also been unearthed. This may imply that of the large Jewish communities known to have been living in Nishapur, as well as many other Iranian towns, some of them may have been artisans and potters. Based on the distinctive vivid colors, style and design of the bowl, we can attribute its provenance to Nishapur, eastern Iran. For other comparable pieces see Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, cataloging the Al- Sabah Collection in the Kuwait National Museum, 2004. Cat. GB.14 Bowl. Also, Geza Fehervari, Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, No.60. CERII9TSR. - (X.0651) Geza- Fehervari, Ceramics of the Islamic World, New York, 2000: p.60. - (X.0651)

 

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