A Large Samarkand Calligraphic Dish, Central Asia, 10th Century
- 26.7cm. diam.
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.