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Name of Object:



Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

About Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Earthenware, Slip, Glaze; Slip Painting


Diameter: 42.5cm

Period / Dynasty:



Iran or Central Asia


This is one of the finest and largest of all the known examples of epigraphic pottery from the Samanid era. It is decorated with a proverb, which is a saying of Yahya ibn Ziyad, quoted in the Mu’jam al-Shu’ara. The inscription reads (in Arabic): ‘aajaza; wa ‘ajizu al-ra’yi midya’un lifursatihi hatta itha ma faata amrun ‘ataba al-qadara. (It is a stupid person who misses his opportunity, and when the matter is over reproaches fate.)

Selected bibliography:

Seipel, Joseph H., God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty: The object in Islamic Art and Culture, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.
Soueif, Ahdaf, Reflections on Islamic Art, Doha: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2011.
Watson, Oliver, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2008.

Citation of this web page:

 "Dish" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2024. https://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;26;en

MWNF Working Number: QT 26


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Ceramics


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