Name of Object:
Bowl with radial decoration
Museum of Civilisations | Museum of Oriental Art “Giuseppe Tucci”
Date of Object:
Hegira second half of 3rd century / AD second half of 9th century
Museum Inventory Number:
رقم تخزيني 201
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Height 6 cm, diameter 19.8 cm
Period / Dynasty:
This piece, the shape of which is taken from contemporary Chinese porcelain from the T’ang period (AD 618–906), is decorated with blue cobalt paint with a large motif in the shape of stylised petals. In the background there is a star-shaped polygon, the points of which are hatched. In the centre there is a motif known as ‘Solomon’s Seal’, an extremely common decorative element in Islamic art.
View Short Description
This piece is particularly noteworthy for its decoration inspired by Chinese porcelain from the T’ang period, evidence of contact and trade between China and countries such as Egypt, Persia and Iraq along the Silk Route.
How date and origin were established:
Dating has been suggested on the basis of type (see description for analysis).
How Object was obtained:
How provenance was established:
It should be seen as a typical example of Mesopotamian pieces painted only in cobalt blue on a creamy white base.
Fèhervari, G., La Ceramica Islamica, Milano, 1985.
Citation of this web page:
Paola Torre "Bowl with radial decoration" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;it;Mus01;17;en