A NISHAPUR CALLIGRAPHIC BOWL
Catalog:Pottery:Islamic: stock #797218
c. 900-1000 A.D.
From Nishapur in what was Northeast Persia this bowl is of conical form on short foot, the cream coloured interior painted with a single line of fine brown kufic, four small dots in the center of the dish, the exterior plain. In good condition with minor repairs. Glaze still shiny.
Nishapur occupies an important strategic position astride the old Silk Road that linked Anatolia and the Mediterranean with China. On the Silk Road, Nishapur has often defined the flexible frontier between the Iranian plateau and Central Asia. The town derived its name from its reputed founder, the Sassanian king Shapur I, who is said to have established it in the 3rd century CE. Nearby are the turquoise mines that supplied the world with turquoise for at least two millennia.
Dimensions: 2.8 x 6.6 inches (7.1 x 16.1 cms)
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