03 mai 2013

Bowl. Eastern Iran, Nishapur or Samarkand, 10th century

Bowl. Eastern Iran, Nishapur or Samarkand, 10th century. Inv. no. 22/1974. The David Collection Earthenware covered with a white slip and painted in a brown and red slip under a transparent glaze. H: 10; Diam: 27 cm.  “He who believes in a reward [from God] is generous with gifts,” reads the Arab saying on this bowl. It is difficult to read the phrase, which begins with the four dots, because the exceedingly elegant Kufi calligraphy is interwoven and knotted and also embellished with a variety of... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2012

Earthenware bowl decorated with a black slip inscription. Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan, ca. 900-1000

Earthenware bowl decorated with a black slip inscription in an exaggerated calligraphic style on a white slip ground, Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan, ca. 900-1000. Diameter: 37.7 cm, Height: 4.6 cm. C.47-1964: Given in memory of Arthur Lane; C.909-1935. Victoria & Albert Museum © V&A Images The decoration on this large dish is inspired by a metalwork technique known as niello. It imitates silver inlaid with black inscriptions. The potter covered the earthenware body with slip (liquid clay) to create a white... [Lire la suite]

31 juillet 2012

Small earthenware dish with inscription in black slip, Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan, 900-1000.

Small earthenware dish with inscription in black slip, Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan, 900-1000. Diameter: 11.2 cm, Height: 1.6 cm.  C.47-1964: Given in memory of Arthur Lane; C.909-1935. Victoria & Albert Museum © V&A Images This small dish imitates silver decorated with inscriptions in a black inlay called niello  "Blessing and ease to the owner". Here the potter has covered the earthenware body with slip (liquid clay) to create a white ground. The inscription in Arabic was written in... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2012

Black bowl with a saying in Arabic, Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan, 900-1000.

Black bowl with a saying in Arabic, Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan, 900-1000. Diameter: 27 cm, Height: 8 cm. C.131-1963. Victoria & Albert Museum © V&A Images Lead-glazed earthenware bowl, black, with white slip decoration.  The inscription contains a saying in Arabic, 'The fool never receives the reproaches he deserves, but the wise man does who keeps him company.' The moral tone matches the austere character of the decoration. This piece is an example of a distinctive ceramic tradition that developed in... [Lire la suite]
17 juillet 2012

Bowl with inscription. Eastern Iran, Nishapur 10th century

Bowl with inscription. Eastern Iran, Nishapur 10th century, diameter: 25.6cm. POT0850. The Khalili collections © 2011 Khalili Family Trust Earthenware bowl with slip-painted decoration including an inscription in foliated Kufic script, 'Generosity is the disposition of the dwellers of Paradise.'
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