Bowl

citation

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

Copyright with museum