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Nishapur Slip Painted Pottery Bowl - LK.006
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 10 th Century AD to 11 th Century AD
Dimensions: 3.1" (7.9cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Fritware

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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Islam was a defining force in the daily lives of the people of the region, and likewise had an effect on the arts as well. Islamic artists were prohibited from the depiction of figures of people or animals in art. Instead, the art of Islam abounds with floral motifs, inscriptions, intricate geometry and arabesques.

Small bowl of rounded form decorated in purple black on a dark cream ground to which a fine design was applied in the form of inscriptions. Wares from Nishapur used a white slip on a terracotta body to give a lighter surface for painting. Designs were then painted in slips of black, aubergine or brown from oxide bearing clays. This type of pottery often features large, undecorated areas of negative space, such as this example.

The potters of the region had learnt that patterns painted using glaze were apt to run, and got around the problem by mixing their pigments into the clay slips used for decorating. A clear glaze covers the entire surface of decoration to avoid the colour slips to run. - (LK.006)


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