This small dish displays many of the most typical features of pottery from 9th century Raqqada. This city, situated 9km. from Kairouan, was the capital of the Aghlabid dynasty. Built over a very short period of time, contemporary records describe it a being filled with numerous palaces. Today very little indeed is left of this splendour.
The yellowish ground colour of the present dish, the design executed in a strong black coupled with an intense but slightly loose green and even the overall shape are all found on a number of vessels from this origin (Couleurs de Tunisie, 2500 siècles de céramiques, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1994, pp.116-126). The condition of this bowl is remarkable; most dishes from this pottery have only survived in a fragmentary state.