Earthenware; white slip with black slip decoration under transparent glaze
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) Diam. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1938
Not on view
One of the most common phrases found on Nishapur objects is al-mulk li-allah, or "Sovereignty is God's." Here, the letters are given a stately, elongated form and, unusually, are oriented toward the interior of the bowl.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Supreme authority is God's [al-mulk lillah] (Ghouchani 1986, pl. 134)
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1938, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds
Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 22, ch. 3, pp. 99, 117, ill. p. 117 (b/w).
Artist:Date: 10th century Accession Number: 38.40.137 Date:10th centuryMedium:Earthenware; white slip, incised and splashed with polychrome glazes under transparent glaze (sgraffito ware)Accession:38.40.137On view in:Gallery 452