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Calligraphic Dish
SMV 06-328 139
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This large dish is a fine example of powerful kufi calligraphy painted in black on an ochre-brownish coloured ground under a transparent lead glaze. The continuous frieze of inscription around the wide out-turned rim consists of four Arabic words which are repeated and can possibly be read as sallam_‘ (“they have professed to Islam”). The circle of vertical letters creates a wheel-like or sun ray-like pattern contrasting with the rigid horizontal base line typical of kufi script. Somewhat unusual is the circle line accentuating the inner edge between the rim and the interior. Characteristic for Samanid pottery is also the dot with mystical significance in the centre of the dish. This vessel belongs to a group of slip-painted wares with kufi inscriptions which are amongst the greatest achievements of Muslim potters. According to Arthur Lane (Early Islamic Pottery, London 1947, p. 18) “their beauty is of the highest intellectual order; they hold the essence of Islam undiluted”. Ernst von Siemens-Kunstfonds

History of the Object
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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Glazed Pottery 
Measurements
Diameter 31,6 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; eastern part or Transoxania 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 9th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
9th Century - 10th Century 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
Permanent loan by the Preetorius-Stiftung, a foundation committed to support the acquisition of Asian works of art in accordance with the wishes of the late Emil Preetorius (1883-1972), one of the most famous illustrators of his time and a renowned collector himself. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Preetorius-Stiftung 
Museum
Five Continents Museum, Munich 
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