Bowl with Arabic Inscription, "He who multiplies his words, multiplies his worthlessness"

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 10th century

Geography: Iran or present-day Uzbekistan, Nishapur or Samarqand; Iran, Nishapur

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Earthenware; white slip with incised black slip decoration under a transparent glaze

Dimensions: Diam. 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1940

Accession Number: 40.170.25

Description

A particularly fine example of the calligraphic ware produced in the Nishapur region, the simple black decoration on this white, slip covered bowl is confined to four blocks of writing surrounding a central knot motif. The inscription reads: "He who multiplies his words, multiplies his worthlessness."

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