Nishapur began to assume major influence from
the mid 9th century AD, becoming in the 10th
through the 12th centuries one of the great
political, commercial, and cultural centres in the
Nishapur was well situated among the Silk Road
across which goods were exchanged between
Far and the Near East.
Ceramics that were produced at Nishapur were
of bold style and showed links with Sassanian
and Central Asian work. The style originated in
Transoxania, during the 9th century AD only to
die out in the 10th century AD. This bowl is
decorated in black, with characteristic orange
and yellow pigments. The decoration consists of
symmetrical and abstract motifs, with linear and
circular designs dominating the entire bowl.
Special mention should be made of the
development of painting techniques seen in
Nishapur’s ceramic wares.