Name of Object:



Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Museums

About Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow

Date of Object:

Hegira 13th century / AD 19th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Earthenware decorated with black and blue underglaze, over which a transparent yellow glaze.


Height 13 cm, diameter 34 cm

Period / Dynasty:





A thrown, earthenware bowl with a wide and flaring shape that sits on a small, round pedestal base; it has been moulded by hand around the rim to produce a ring of indentations. The bowl has been coated with a slip of liquefied clay and decorated with a simple flowing design on the inside with black and blue underglaze. It is glazed overall with a thickly applied glaze that is a transparent, intense yellow.

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This North African bowl would have been used for serving a vegetable stew with meat and couscous, a wheat product. Thrown on a wheel, it has a lid that matches it in shape but has a slightly smaller diameter. Vessels like this are still made today.

How date and origin were established:

Stylistic analysis: the object was collected by the donor from Algeria along with other similar Ottoman ceramics.

How Object was obtained:

Donated to the Museum in 1877.

How provenance was established:

The object was collected by the donor from Algeria along with other similar Ottoman ceramics.

Citation of this web page:

Noorah Al-Gailani "Bowl" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019.;ISL;uk;Mus04;44;en

Prepared by: Noorah Al-GailaniNoorah Al-Gailani

Noorah Al-Gailani is Curator for Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums, Scotland. With a BA in Interior Design from the College of Fine Arts, Baghdad University and three years' experience in design and folk art preservation, she moved to the UK in 1992. On completing her MA in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1994, she worked as Project Officer at the Grange Museum of Community History documenting the presence of Muslim communities in the London Borough of Brent. In 1995 she was Assistant Curator, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, English Heritage, and in 1996 became Curator for John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism in London. She co-authored The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations (Stroud: Hawthorn Press, 2002) for non-Muslim children. Since 2003 she has been based at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, working across the city's museums to interpret Islamic art and culture, ancient and modern, through research, exhibitions and educational activities.

Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: UK4 48B


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Virtual Visit Exhibition Trail

EARLY OTTOMAN ART - Legacy of the Emirates


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