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Bowl with Splash Motif

Arts of the Islamic World

Within one hundred fifty years of the cAbbasid Dynasty's conquest of Iran, semiautonomous dynasties had consolidated their power on the fringes of the empire. One such dynasty, the Samanids, gained ascendancy in Uzbekistan and Turkestan in the ninth century, spreading their influence to Khurasan in the tenth century. Excavations at Nishapur in Khurasan and Afrasiyab near Samarkand in Uzbekistan have unearthed a range of highly distinctive ceramics. This splash-sgraffiato ware bowl probably derives from similar wares made at the cAbbasid capitals of Baghdad and Samarra.

MEDIUM Ceramic; earthenware, painted in splashes of black, brown, green, and yellow pigments on an incised white slip ground under a transparent glaze
DATES 10th century
PERIOD Samanid Period
DIMENSIONS 2 3/4 x 9 13/16 in. (7 x 25 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Alastair B. Martin
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Bowl with Splash Motif, 10th century. Ceramic; earthenware, painted in splashes of black, brown, green, and yellow pigments on an incised white slip ground under a transparent glaze, 2 3/4 x 9 13/16 in. (7 x 25 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alastair B. Martin, 72.86.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.72.86.2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.72.86.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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