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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English, Greek.

Name of Object:

Bowl with inscription

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

About Benaki Museum, Athens

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:

39191

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Earthenware

Dimensions:

Diameter 24.8 cm

Period / Dynasty

Samanid

Provenance:

Nishapur

Description:

A ceramic bowl covered with a white slip and transparent glaze. The sole decoration on a white background is an Arabic inscription in black and a stylized flower in the centre. The inscription is benedictory in the kufic script: “Blessings and joy to the owner”. The bowl belongs to a type of pottery typical of the Samanid workshops in eastern Iran. The characteristic inscriptions usually include proverbs or wishes, and the reader is invited to rotate the object to read them.

Citation of this web page:

 "Bowl with inscription" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;36;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 36

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