Lot 8
  • 8

A Large Samarkand Calligraphic Dish, Central Asia, 10th Century

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • 26.7cm. diam.
of truncated conical form on a short foot, painted in coloured slips on a cream slip ground with a broad band of calligraphy in blackish brown enclosed in red-bordered contour panels against a stippled or dotted ground, the well with four trefoils radiating from the centre enclosed in a black-line roundel

Catalogue Note

al-jud [haris a]l-a'rad wa al-amwal

'Generosity is the guard to honour and wealth'

A saying attributed to Imam 'Ali.

A markedly similar dish excavated at Afrasiyab (Samarkand) is published in Terres secrètes de Samarcande Céramiques du VIIIe au XIIIe siècle, Paris, 1992, no. 142, p.58, illustrated in colour. A further piece also from Samarkand bearing the same central cruciform design made up of four centrifugal trefoils, is reproduced in the same publication, ibid., no.148, p.93.