Bowl with an Arabic Inscription Artist: Unknown

11th century

Asian Art

Not on view

In Islamic traditions, personal supplication (du’a) is an important observation before and after meals, and both feasting and fasting can be significant ritual occasions. Fasting, for example, serves as a reminder of Allah’s blessings and the importance of charity to those who are less fortunate. On this bowl, the Arabic inscription "Glory be to God" is repeated in a continuous ring, creating a beautiful, decorative pattern and expressing personal devotion.


Earthenware painted on white slip under clear glaze


3 1/16 × 9 7/16 in. (7.7 × 24 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Fred Olsen

Accession Number



Samanid dynasty (819–999 C.E.) or later


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Bears label "#47" ; Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1954 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • James Prosek and Edith Devaney, James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 46, 153, p. 29
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Object/Work type

bowls (vessels)


In Arabic Subhanallah (God is Perfect) سبحان الله‎‎\r\n\r\nReading “Glory Be to God”

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