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Bowl with Roundels and Pseudo-script

9th–10th century

Earthenware painted on a white slip under a clear glaze (Nishapur ware)

3 3/4 × 9 1/2 in. (9.53 × 24.13 cm)
Gift of Rita L. Frost in memory of Francis Caro
2015.15.1
Although the pattern in the center of this bowl appears to be a type of writing, it is actually a pseudo-script, a motif that frequently appears in ceramics and cannot be read.
Geography: 
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Uzbeki, Islamic
Period: 
Samanid dynasty (819–999 C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Francis Caro and Frank Caro, New York; Rita L. Frost, Newtown, Conn; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2015,” http://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2015_updated%2012_16_15.pdf (accessed December 1, 2015).

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.