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Bowl with Birds

Within one hundred fifty years of the 'Abbasid Dynasty's conquest of Iran, semiautonomous dynasties had consolidated their power on the fringes of the empire. One such dynasty, the Samanids, gained ascendancy in Uzbekistan and Turkestan in the ninth century, spreading their influence to Khurasan in the tenth century. Excavations at Nishapur in Khurasan and Afrasiyab near Samarkand in Uzbekistan have unearthed a range of highly distinctive ceramics.


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