Date: 10th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Nishapur

Medium: Earthenware; polychrome slip under transparent glaze

Dimensions: H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Diam. of rim: 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, 1965

Accession Number: 65.270.1


Although the iconography of buff-colored earthenwares like this bowl is not well understood, it is clear that a number of pieces with similar colors were created in a Christian context. At the time, Nishapur was also a Nestorian bishopric, and a number of these pieces incorporate crosses in their decoration.