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A fine Samanid slip-painted calligraphic pottery Bowl.. Afrasiyab or Nishapur, 10th Century Photo Bonhams

with straight flaring sides, decorated in black on a white ground with a frieze of kufic inscription 22.5 cm. diam. Lot 43. Estimate: £40,000 - 60,000 (€48,000 - 72,000 (US$ 63,000 - 95,000)

Notes: The inscription reads: 'man ata 'ani sadaqa bi-ahlika, "He who obeys me, is truthful to your people".

This bowl with its elegant inscription belongs to a group of pottery widely considered as an early highpoint of ceramic production in the Muslim world and led the scholar Arthur Lane to claim that: "...their stark and moving simplicity...[is]...of the highest intellectual order; they hold the essence of Islam undiluted" (A. Lane, Early Islamic Pottery, London 1947, p. 18).

Bonhams. 24 Apr 2012 10:30 a.m. London, New Bond StreetIslamic and Indian Art