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Bowl with an Arabic Inscription and Palmettes

9th century c.e.

Earthenware with cobalt blue over opaque white glaze

2 3/8 × 9 1/16 in. (6 × 23 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
Written in cobalt blue, the inscription reads “Blessings to the owner, made by.” Other bowls of this type were signed by the artists, which speaks to the recognition awarded to potters in Iraq in the ninth and tenth centuries C.E.. This bowl might have been signed at the time of purchase, thereby enhancing its value. The use of a white glaze to cover the yellowish-gray pottery body, and that of cobalt blue, appears in Basra in Iraq in the early ninth century C.E. in response to white wares from China, some of which were also painted with cobalt blue.
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Iraqi, Islamic
Abbasid dynasty (750–1258)
Containers - Ceramics

Purchased in London in 1932 for Mrs. Moore by Arthur. U. Pope; Asia Institute, New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York; gift in 1951 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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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