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Nishapur Glazed Bowl - AMD.07
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 3.1" (7.9cm) high x 8.6" (21.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Style: Nishapur Ware
Medium: Fritware

Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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Islam was a defining force in the daily lives of the people of the region, and likewise had an effect on the arts as well. Muslim artists were prohibited from the depiction of figures of people or animals in art. Instead, the art of Islam abounds with floral motifs, inscriptions, intricate geometry and arabesques.

This bowl is contributed to Nishapur. It exhibits how sophisticated Mesopotamian potters had become.

The bowl is of rounded form, decorated in dark brown on a dark cream ground, to which a fine design was applied in the form of abstract and inscription motifs.

Wares from Nishapur used a white slip on a terracotta body to give a lighter surface for painting. The design was then painted in slips of brown.

The potters of the region had learnt that patterns painted using glaze were apt to run, and got around the problem by mixing tjeir pigments into the clay slips used for decorating. A very clear glaze covers the entire surface of the decoration to avoid the colour slips to run. - (AMD.07)


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