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Name of Object:

Moulded bowl with kufic inscription


Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

Holding Museum:

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 6th century / AD late 12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

SM 1996 - 95

Period / Dynasty:



Iran, possibly Kashan


This moulded, facetted bowl of fritware shows a large benedictory kufic inscription enhanced by rabbits, birds and a large crowned sphinx. Cobalt blue streaks accentuate the decoration in the well and around the outside. The delicate body material was intended to imitate Chinese porcelain. The bowl’s shape may imitate a contemporary metal vessel.

Citation of this web page:

 "Moulded bowl with kufic inscription" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ua;Mus21;17;en

MWNF Working Number: UA 17


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Seljuqs (Great Seljuqs)

On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Ceramics


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