Lot 4
  • 4

A Nishapur Calligraphic Pottery Bowl, Central Asia, 10th Century

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
36,500 GBP
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  • 20.5cm. diam.
of truncated conical form with straight flaring sides and short foot, decorated with a single line of kufic below the rim in raised black slip

Catalogue Note

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.