Bowl

Clay: sandy, white.
Glaze: opaque, grayish cream, crazed.
Decoration: painted in overglaze enamels, on both surfaces, including a medallion underneath the bowl. Kufic inscription.

Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, early 13th century
Medium
Stone-paste painted under clear glaze
Dimensions
H x W: 8.6 x 20.5 cm (3 3/8 x 8 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran, Kashan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1938.13
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
Iran, kufic script, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1938
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York to 1938 [1]

From 1938
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, New York in 1938 [2]

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Dikran Garabed Kelekian 1868-1951

Description

Clay: sandy, white.
Glaze: opaque, grayish cream, crazed.
Decoration: painted in overglaze enamels, on both surfaces, including a medallion underneath the bowl. Kufic inscription.

Inscription(s)

The Kufic inscription appearing in white reserve on a blue ground on the inside of the bowl is merely auspicious, without date or name. It reads:

[Arbc]
al-'izz al-dayim wa'l-iqbal al-zayid wa'l-nasr al-ghalib wa'l-farr al-gayim wa'l-jadd al-sa'id wa'l-dawla wa'l-sa'ada wa'l-salama wa'l-karama wa';-dawla wa'l-sa'ada wa'l-salama wa'l-karama wa'l-baraka wa';-dawla wa'l-baqa li-sahibih

"Eternal glory, ever-increasing good fortune, overwhelming victory, self-subsisting aura of glory, good luck, prosperity, happiness, good health, nobility, prosperity, happiness, good health, nobility, blessing, prosperity and long life to the owner."

Published References
  • Friedrich Paul Theodor Sarre, Fredrik Robert Martin. Die Ausstellung von Meisterwerken Muhammedanischer Kunst in Muchen, 1910. 3 vols., Munich. vol. 2, pl. 96.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 293.
  • Freer Gallery of Art. Gallery Book III: Exhibition of December 5, 1938. Washington. .
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Medieval Near Eastern Ceramics in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Baltimore. pp. 30-31.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Ceramics from the World of Islam. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 51, pp. 116-117.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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