Bowl with Kufic Inscription
Arts of the Islamic World
Luster ceramics are decorated with metallic glazes imitating precious metals. They are among the most celebrated and prized examples of Islamic pottery. This magnificent lusterware bowl from a recently discovered site is remarkable for its pristine condition, superb glaze, elegant form, and fine decoration. The interior is embellished with a graceful Arabic inscription in the center reading baraka (blessings) and a band of pseudo-calligraphic script around the walls.
Ceramic, Tell Minis style; fritware, painted in luster over an opaque turquoise glaze
Possible Place Made: Syria
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Gift of the Asian Art Council, purchased with funds given by the Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation and an anonymous donor and Museum Expedition 1913-1914, Museum Collection Fund, by exchange
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Bowl with Kufic Inscription, mid-12th century. Ceramic, Tell Minis style; fritware, painted in luster over an opaque turquoise glaze, 3 x 9 1/2 in. (7.6 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council, purchased with funds given by the Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Foundation and an anonymous donor and Museum Expedition 1913-1914, Museum Collection Fund, by exchange, 2000.40. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2000.40_SL3.jpg)
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