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Bowl with Kufic Inscription

Arts of the Islamic World

Luster ceramics are decorated with metallic glazes imitating precious metals. They are among the most celebrated and prized examples of Islamic pottery. This magnificent lusterware bowl from a recently discovered site is remarkable for its pristine condition, superb glaze, elegant form, and fine decoration. The interior is embellished with a graceful Arabic inscription in the center reading baraka (blessings) and a band of pseudo-calligraphic script around the walls.
MEDIUM Ceramic, Tell Minis style; fritware, painted in luster over an opaque turquoise glaze
  • Possible Place Made: Syria
  • DATES mid-12th century
    DYNASTY Fatimid
    PERIOD Fatimid Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 x 9 1/2 in. (7.6 x 24.1 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2000.40
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Asian Art Council, purchased with funds given by the Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation and an anonymous donor and Museum Expedition 1913-1914, Museum Collection Fund, by exchange
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