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Bowl (with bird design)

Creation date: 10th century
Creation place: Iran

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Type: Ceramic Bowl
Medium and Support: Ceramic
Credit Line: Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Accession Number: 2006.213
State/Province: Khorasan Province
Dimensions: 2 7/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. (7.3 cm x 21.59 cm x 21.59 cm)
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C.D. Kelekian, New York, New York ( - 1974)

Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California (1974 - November 2, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 2, 2006 - )

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04/17/17 Diana Chou
Earthenware, with slip-painted decoration, 9th–10th century
Bold, graphic bowls with black-and-white designs were excavated by the dozen at the site of Nishapur, a major trade city in northeastern Iran, and they seem to have been a specialty of potters there. This bowl is decorated with a band of writing, with the word baraka (“blessing”) rendered in a stylized script, encircling a bird with wings curving up on either side of its head.
Last Updated: 4/17/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Persian Art , 11/23/2013 - 6/8/2014

Persian Art , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Persian Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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