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Name of Object:

Bowl with fish design


Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

Holding Museum:

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

About Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th – 5th century / AD 10th – 11th century

Museum Inventory Number:

SM 2007 – 305

Period / Dynasty



Eastern Iran, Afghanistan or Central Asia


This slip-painted dish shows a broad band of six white and ochre fish 'swimming' anticlockwise around its inner walls. A large central interlace roundel in red and white and two borders with pseudo-kufic inscriptions complete the design, which may echo pre-Islamic customs and beliefs or astrological preoccupations.

Citation of this web page:

 "Bowl with fish design" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;14;en

MWNF Working Number: UA 14


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