A Nishapur Calligraphic Pottery Bowl, Central Asia, 10th Century
- 20.5cm. diam.
man ayqan bi'l-khalaf jada bi'l-'atiyya baraka li-sah[ibihi]
'He who believes in what follows excels in generosity. Blessing to the owner.'
A saying attributed to Imam 'Ali.
This crisp and elegant bowl distils the essence of fine kufic calligraphy balancing vertical flourishes with horizontal ligatures in a harmonious composition. The raised texture of the black slip adds a sensuous touch to this compact masterpiece.