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Museum of Islamic Art
Hegira 3rd century / AD 9th century
From the late eighth century, Chinese porcelains were imported into the Middle East where they were traded as luxury wares. Potters in Iraq soon began to develop imitations of these highly prized porcelains, using earthenware with an opaque white glaze. The decoration on the bowl, however, is a local invention: painted in blue, an inscription is written radially and reads "made by Salih" or alternatively "what was done was worthwhile". The restrained, austere decoration provides a counterpoint to the highly decorated aesthetic often seen to typify Islamic art.
"Bowl" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;27;en
MWNF Working Number: QT 27