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Bowl with an Arabic Inscription Reading “God is Perfect”

10th century C.E.

Earthenware painted on white slip under clear glaze

2 3/16 × 4 7/16 in. (5.6 × 11.3 cm)
Gift of Fred Olsen
1954.53.14
The inscription on the inside of this bowl states, “God is perfect.”
Geography: 
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Uzbeki, Islamic
Period: 
Samanid dynasty (819–999 C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), Guilford, Conn.; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1954

Bibliography: 

Kishwar Rizvi, “Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 98, fig. 6.

James Prosek and Edith Devaney, James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 46, 153, pl. 30.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.