Bowl with Kufic Inscription
Arts of the Islamic World
On View: North Gallery
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
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
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