An Abbasid pottery bowl with a Kufic Inscription, Iraq, 9th century
of deep round form with a slightly everted rim, the earthenware body painted in blue on an opaque white tin glaze, featuring a central inscription written twice, the rim decorated with curved arches and dots, the exterior plain
In fair condition, broken and restored, with associated repainting and spraying, as viewed.
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Twice: 'abdahu' His [God's] servant' or 'ghibtah' Felicity
While the shape imitates a Chinese prototype, the use of cobalt blue is a novel departure that was to have a profound and long-lasting influence on world ceramics. The application of cobalt directly into the raw glaze creates a soft impression, described by Arthur Lane as "like ink on snow" (A. Lane, Early Islamic Pottery, London, 1947, p.13).
A nearly identical bowl is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. no.63.159.4. A further example sold in these rooms, 25 April 2012, lot 509.