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probably made in Nishapur, eastern Iran

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This earthenware bowl was made in eastern Iran, probably Nishapur, in the 10th century.

The bowl is painted with manganese-purple, yellow and green under a thin, colourless and transparent glaze. Two lateral human figures flank an array of cattle or horses and birds, all set against a yellow background. Around the outside of the bowl runs a crude band of diamond and leaf shapes.

It has been suggested that this type of ware was made exclusively in Nishapur and was intended for the ruling classes.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-252-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1976.322
Date: 10th century
9th - 10th century
Material: Earthenware
Dimensions: 83 mm H; 125 mm D
Where: Persia, East Persia
Description: Earthenware bowl painted in different colours under a transparent lead glaze and showing a design of stylised human figures, cattle and birds: East Persia, Nishapur type, 9th - 10th century
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