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  • Place of origin:

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

  • Date:

    10th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, lead-glazed, inscribed

  • Museum number:


  • 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)


10th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, lead-glazed, inscribed

Marks and inscriptions

'Blessing and ease to the owner'


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

Dishes with Arabic Inscriptions
Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan

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 [Jameel Gallery]
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?]


Earthenware; Slip




Earthenware; Islam


Middle East Section

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