Bowl with Green Splashes, Earthenware; 'splash-painted' on opaque white glaze

Bowl with Green Splashes

Object Name:
9th century
Made in Iraq, probably Basra. Found Iran, Rayy
Earthenware; 'splash-painted' on opaque white glaze
H. 5/16 in. (.8 cm)
Diam. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, V. Everit Macy Gift, 1930
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
In response to the popularity of imported Chinese ceramics, Abbasid artists learned to replicate the colors and shapes of these prestigious goods for a growing clientele. This bowl shows the results of these efforts, particularly in its color scheme. Green was a popular color used in the decoration of glazed bowls that imitated Chinese white stoneware. The green streaks are carefully controlled to run radially toward the center of this bowl, creating a harmonious design. Some early Abbasid ceramics include short, generic inscriptions of well-wishes. The blue inscription at the center is written in a kufic script, wishing "Blessing, good fortune" to the bowl’s owner.
Inscription: In Arabic, in center: Blessing and good fortune.
[ Art market, Near East, until 1930; sold to MMA through Maurice Dimand]
Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 37.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 37, pp. 118-119, ill. p. 119 (b/w).