Attributed to Samarqand, Central Asia / Bowl / 10th centuryAttributed to Samarqand, Central Asia
10th century

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Creator Name: Samarqand
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian
Creator Active Place: Samarqand, Central Asia
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Samarqand, Central Asia
Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Active Place: Nishapur, Iran
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Nishapur, Iran
Title: Bowl
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 900
Creation End Date: 999
Creation Date: 10th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramics
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware, red body, white engobe, underglaze painted (slip-painted, incised, and glazed)
Dimensions: H. 7 in. (17.8 cm), Diam. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 65.106.2
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1965

Inscriptions figure prominently in the decoration of objects and buildings throughout the history of Islamic art. Yet it is in Samanid bowls, such as this one, that they were used with an unequalled purity and power, both as calligraphy and to enhance the object they decorate. This bowl is an unusually large, particularly fine example of its kind.

AMICA ID: MMA_.65.106.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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