23 October 2007
A SAMANID POTTERY BOWL
IRAN OR CENTRAL ASIA, 10TH/11TH CENTURY
Of rounded form on short foot, with slightly inverted rim, the cream interior with a bold stylised kufic inscription across the middle, surrounded by six small alternating red and green rosettes, the rim with a thin band of black dots, repaired breaks
11¼in. (29.3cm.) diam.
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The inscription across the middle reads: al-salama afyad (Well-being is more useful).
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