Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.50.63
Title
Bowl with Black Foliate Arabesque and Pseudo-Inscription
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
12th-13th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Seljuk-Atabeg period
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/165478
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Fritware painted in black (chromium) under turquoise (copper) transparent alkali glaze
Technique
Underglazed, painted
Dimensions
7.4 x 19.8 cm (2 15/16 x 7 13/16 in.)
Provenance
Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (by 1974-2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.50.63
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
At the center of this bowl, a freely painted, leafy arabesque grows out of a six-lobed core. Around the walls a rhythmic pseudo-epigraphic band radiates upward, and triangular dabs of black ring the rim. On the exterior, willow-reed motifs alternate with pairs of tapering, vertical stripes. At some point in the past, this bowl was reassembled from fragments and overpainted to integrate the plaster fills. The turquoise glaze covers the interior and exterior, stopping well short of the foot ring, which has an unusual taper.

Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
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Bowl with black foliate arabesque and pseudo-inscription
Iran, Seljuk-Atabeg period, 12th–13th century
Fritware painted in black (chromium) under turquoise (copper) transparent alkali glaze
7.4 × 19.8 cm (2 15/16 × 7 13/16 in.)
2002.50.63

At the center of this bowl, a freely painted, leafy arabesque grows out of a six-lobed core. Around the walls a rhythmic pseudo-epigraphic band radiates upward, and triangular dabs of black ring the rim. On the exterior, willow-reed motifs alternate with pairs of tapering, vertical stripes.

At some point in the past, this bowl was reassembled from fragments and overpainted to integrate the plaster fills. The turquoise glaze covers the interior and exterior, stopping well short of the foot ring, which has an unusual taper.

Mary McWilliams

Publication History

Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), p. 186, cat. 25, ill.

Exhibition History

In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

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