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made in Transoxania, eastern Iran

Postcard of Bowl.
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This earthenware bowl was made in Transoxania in eastern Iran, in the 10th century. Nishapur has been suggested as production centre for related wares.

The bowl is painted in dark brown and orange clay slips under a clear glaze. It shows a ewer in the centre, from which springs a large, fantastic palmette design. Two further palmettes of similar style flank the ewer on either side. The body of the ewer as well as the area below the vessel are occupied by stylised Kufic inscriptions, as yet unread.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-251-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1976.317
Date: 10th century
Material: Earthenware
Dimensions: 83 mm H; 258 mm D
Where: Persia, East Persia
Description: Earthenware bowl painted in dark brown and orange slips under a transparent lead glaze and showing a design of three radiating palmettes and band of Kufic calligraphy: East Persia, 10th century
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