- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Bowl with Blue Inscription on Rim
- Work Type
- 19th-20th century
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Fritware painted in blue (cobalt) under clear alkali glaze
- Underglazed, painted
- 8.4 x 19.3 cm (3 5/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
- [Hadji Baba Rabbi House of Antiquities, Teheran, before 1974], sold; to Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood, Belmont, MA (by 1974-2002), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2002.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- This bowl and a nearly identical one in shape (2002.50.81) have on their rims the same repeated words in stylized Kufic script— perhaps interpretable as the Arabic al-dawla (wealth). Similarly shaped and decorated bowls are attributed to late twelfth-or thirteenth-century Iran; although both of these bowls are reassembled from many fragments and show degradation of the glaze, the results of thermoluminescence analysis on one of them (2002.50.81) suggest that they are both of relatively recent manufacture.
Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
Two bowls with inscribed rims
Probably Iran, 19th or 20th century
Fritware painted in blue (cobalt) under clear alkali glaze
8.4 × 19.3 cm (3 5/16 × 7 5/8 in.)
9.2 × 20.2 cm (3 5/8 × 7 15/16 in.)
These two bowls are nearly identical in shape and have on their rims the same repeated words in stylized Kufic script—perhaps interpretable as the Arabic al-dawla (wealth). One bowl also has a small bird in the center. Similarly shaped and decorated bowls are attributed to late twelfth-or thirteenth-century Iran; although both of these bowls are reassembled from many fragments and show degradation of the glaze, the results of thermoluminescence analysis on one of them suggest that they are both of relatively recent manufacture.
 The bowl tested, 2002.50.81, was last fired less than 200 years ago, according to the results of thermoluminescence analysis carried out by Oxford Authentication Ltd. in 2011.
 See, for instance, a bowl in the Khalili Collection, London, reproduced in Grube 1994, 200, cat. 216.
- Publication History
Jessica Chloros, "An Investigation of Cobalt Pigment on Islamic Ceramics at the Harvard Art Museums" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2008), Unpublished, pp. 1-41 passim
Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), p. 268, cat. 140, ill.
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