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Bowl with an Arabic Inscription

11th century

Earthenware painted on white slip under clear glaze

3 1/16 × 9 7/16 in. (7.7 × 24 cm)
Gift of Fred Olsen
1954.53.15

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.
Geography: 
Made in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Uzbeki, Islamic
Period: 
Samanid dynasty (819–999 c.e.) or later
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Bears label "#47" ; Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1954 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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.