The inscriptions are as follows:
Round the rim in cursive:
al-'izz al-da'im al-iqbal al-za'id al-dawla al-baqiya al-salam(?) a , l-ali(?) al-jidd al-baqiya al-salam(?) al-ali(?) al-dawla al-baqiya al-salam(?) al-ali(?) (Perpetual Glory, increasing Prosperity, lasting Wealth, high Complement(?), lasting Good-fortune, high Complement(?) lasting Wealth, high Complement(?)
Round the body in cursive
al-'izz al-da'im al-iqbal al-za'id a l-dwala al-baqiya al-salam(?) , al-ali(?) al-kamila(?) (Perpetual Glory, increasing Prosperity, lasting Wealth, high Complement(?), perfect
Round the body in Kufic
al-'izz al-da'im al- , [u] mr al-salim wa al-iqb , al al-za'id (Perpetual Glory and healthy Life and increasing Prosperity)
Dr Melikian-Chirvani published a detail of this bowl as part of his discussion of the appearance of Eastern Iranian elements in vessels made in Western Iran or even Northern Mesopotamia. He attributed the bowl to "Western Iran (or Northern Mesopotamia?), mid thirteenth century". While the material and many elements of the technique are easily paralleled in vessels made in the Eastern part of the country (Melikian-Chirvani, op.cit., pp.92-99), he picked out the plaited inscription as being a specifically Western feature. This magnificent bowl is an outstanding example of the level of workmanship and complexity of design that was achieved in this medium.