Bowl, 10th century Samarqand (Uzbekistan) or Nishapur (Iran): Inscriptions figure prominently in the decoration of objects and buildings throughout the history of Islamic art. Yet it is in Samanid bowls, such as this one, that they were used with an unequalled purity and power, both as calligraphy and to enhance the object they decorate. This bowl is an unusually large, especially fine example of its kind.
Dish / Eastern Iranian world, ca. 10th century / Inscription (Arabic): al-jud min akhlaq ahl al-janna (“Generosity is the disposition of the dwellers of Paradise”) / Earthenware, polychrome slip decoration under a transparent glaze; Ø 32.8 cm
Bowl with Arabic inscription, 10th century Attributed to Iran or present-day Uzbekistan, Nishapur or Samarqand; found at Iran, Nishapur, Tepe Madrasa Earthenware; white slip with incised black slip decoration under transparent glaze
The inscription on this bowl reads, "Generosity is a disposition of the dwellers of Paradise." The letters are horizontally elongated to fit the available space. Iran, Nishapur. 10th century. Kufic script.