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Bowl with an Arabic Inscription and Palmettes

9th century c.e.

Earthenware with white slip and cobalt blue over opaque white glaze

2 3/8 x 9 1/16 in. (6 x 23 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1951.51.65
Written in cobalt blue, the inscription reads, “Blessings to the owner, made by.” Other bowls of this type were signed by the artist, which speaks to the recognition awarded to potters in Iran in the ninth and tenth centuries C.E. This bowl, which is unsigned, might have been signed at the time of purchase, thereby enhancing its value. The use of white slip to cover dark earthenware vessels, and of cobalt pigment, appeared in the Basra region of Iran in the early ninth century C.E., in response to the trade of Chinese white wares painted with cobalt designs.
Culture: 
Islamic, Mesopotamian, Iraqi
Period: 
Abbasid period (749–1258)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramic
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Asia Institute Collection;
Purchased in London 1932 for Mrs. Moore by Arthur. U. Pope. Moore #209

Purchased with the splash-painted bowl for Mrs. Moore in London in 1932 by Arthur Upham Pope, this bowl appeared in the 1940 Exhibition of Persian Art in New York.

Bibliography: 

Dr. Phyllis Ackerman, Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art, 2, exh. cat. (New York: The Iranian Institue, 1940), 146, label MWH 22, fig. 8.

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