Bowl with Splash Motif
Arts of the Islamic World
Within one hundred fifty years of the cAbbasid 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. This splash-sgraffiato ware bowl probably derives from similar wares made at the cAbbasid capitals of Baghdad and Samarra.
Ceramic; earthenware, painted in splashes of black, brown, green, and yellow pigments on an incised white slip ground under a transparent glaze
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Bowl with Splash Motif, 10th century. Ceramic; earthenware, painted in splashes of black, brown, green, and yellow pigments on an incised white slip ground under a transparent glaze, 2 3/4 x 9 13/16 in. (7 x 25 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alastair B. Martin, 72.86.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.72.86.2.jpg)
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