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

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]
07 avril 2009

A Samanid calligraphic slip-painted pottery Bowl. East Persia, 10th Century

A Samanid calligraphic slip-painted pottery Bowl. East Persia, 10th Century composed of fragments mounted to form a bowl, painted in manganese on a white ground with inscriptions in kufic. 33.5 cm. diam. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000 Footnote: Inscriptions in kufic probably consist of: wa ma kathir alfa alf musahib wa an,.. al-kathic, ‘And what is abundant is an intimate companion and if …. it is abundant’. Bonhams. Islamic & Indian Art, 2 Apr 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com (Copyright © 2002-2009... [Lire la suite]