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Bowl with Kufic Calligraphy

Arts of the Islamic World

The Arabic inscription on this bowl reads, “Planning before work protects from regrets; patience is the key to comfort.”
MEDIUM Ceramic; earthenware, painted in brown slip on a white slip ground under a transparent glaze
DATES 10th century
DIMENSIONS 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm) diameter: 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS See Unicode Inscription for Arabic text. In Arabic (Kufic script), "Planning before work protects from regrets; patience is the key to comfort." The two proverbs written on this bowl are attributed to Imam `Ali. The proverbs were published by Abdullah Ghouchani in “Inscriptions on Nishapur Pottery” (1986, see Bibliography for full citation in English and Persian). Inscription read by Abdullah Ghouchani
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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CAPTION Bowl with Kufic Calligraphy, 10th century. Ceramic; earthenware, painted in brown slip on a white slip ground under a transparent glaze, 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.8. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 86.227.8_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large bowl with flaring sides. Ceramic, transparent colorless glaze, brown slip, white englobe, buff earthenware body. Huge Kufic characters form with center rosette the interior design, outside plain.
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