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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Eastern Iran (possibly, made)
    Uzbekistan (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    10th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, lead-glazed, inscribed

  • Museum number:

    C.909-1935

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 2W

This small dish imitates silver decorated with inscriptions in a black inlay called niello. Here the potter has covered the earthenware body with slip (liquid clay) to create a white ground. The inscription in Arabic was written in contrasting black slip. As on many Islamic dishes, the inscription offers good wishes for the owner.

This dish is an example of a distinctive ceramic tradition that developed in eastern Iran from the 10th century. Potters there took inspiration from indigenous metalwork and applied slip of contrasting colours to create the decoration.

Physical description

Lead-glazed earthenware with slip inscription, "Blessing and ease to the owner".

Place of Origin

Eastern Iran (possibly, made)
Uzbekistan (possibly, made)

Date

10th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, lead-glazed, inscribed

Marks and inscriptions

'Blessing and ease to the owner'
painted

Dimensions

Diameter: 11.2 cm, Height: 1.6 cm

Descriptive line

Small earthenware dish with inscription in black slip, Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan, 900-1000.

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

11–13 Dishes with Arabic Inscriptions
Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan
900–1000

The text on the small dish was carefully executed in thick, black slip. It offers good wishes for the owner. The spiky inscription on the large dish probably has a similar meaning, but it is more ornament than text. The decoration on the inner walls of the bowl is also based on an inscription, but it has been turned into a purely decorative design.

Earthenware with slip decoration under a transparent glaze

Museum nos. C.47-1952, Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund and the Bryan Bequest; C.909-1935; C.47-1964, Given in memory of Arthur Lane [2010]
Jameel Gallery

Dishes with Arabic Inscriptions
Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan
900-1000

As on many Islamic dishes, the words offer good wishes for the owner. Pottery of this type imitates silver inlaid with black inscriptions in niello. The earthenware body was covered with slip to create a white ground, on which words were written in black slip.

Earthenware with slip decoration under a transparent glaze
Museum nos. C.47-1964: Given in memory of Arthur Lane; C.909-1935 [2006-2009]
SMALL DISH
Lead-glazed earthenware with slip inscription :
"Blessing and ease to the owner"
EAST PERSIAN (probably Nishapur) ; 9th -10th century.
C.909-1935 [OLD G133 - 1980?]

Materials

Earthenware; Slip

Techniques

Glazing

Categories

Earthenware; Islam

Collection

Middle East Section

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