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Bowl emulating Chinese stoneware
New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira late second–late 3rd century / AD 9th century
Earthenware; painted in blue on opaque white glaze
Probably Basra, Iraq
This ceramic bowl, boldly decorated in cobalt blue against a parchment-like white slip, is one of the earliest examples to incorporate calligraphy as the main element of decoration. The Arabic word ghibta (happiness) is repeated on two lines in the centre and creates a balanced composition when combined with the half-circles decorating the rim. Iraqi potters of the ninth century attempted to emulate the luminous quality and hard body of Chinese whitewares by using a tin‑opacified white glaze.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1963
"Bowl emulating Chinese stoneware" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;33;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 33