Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.50.46
Title
Bowl with Palmettes and Rosettes
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
10th-11th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran or Central Asia
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/165469
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Reddish earthenware covered in whitish slip and painted in red (iron), black (manganese and iron), and green (chromium) under clear lead glaze
Technique
Underglazed, painted
Dimensions
9.6 x 27.3 cm (3 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.)
Provenance
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
2002
Object Number
2002.50.46
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In profile, this bowl has straight, flaring sides and a low foot ring. The reddish ceramic fabric is completely covered in whitish slip, and the decoration is painted in red, purplish black, and olive green. Except for the inner surface of the foot ring, the vessel is covered in a clear glaze, sections of which have turned iridescent. The bowl has been reassembled from numerous fragments, most of which appear to belong to a single vessel; in the two areas decorated with small palmettes, however, alien fragments have been introduced. Overpainting that formerly disguised the joins between unrelated fragments has been removed.

Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
132

Bowl with palmettes and rosettes
Eastern Iran or Central Asia, 10th–11th century
Reddish earthenware covered in whitish slip and painted in red (iron), black (manganese and iron), and green (chromium) under clear lead glaze
9.6 × 27.3 cm (3 3/4 × 10 3/4 in.)
2002.50.46

In profile, this bowl has straight, flaring sides and a low foot ring. The reddish ceramic fabric is completely covered in whitish slip, and the decoration is painted in red, purplish black, and olive green. Except for the inner surface of the foot ring, the vessel is covered in a clear glaze, sections of which have turned iridescent. The bowl has been reassembled from numerous fragments, most of which appear to belong to a single vessel; in the two areas decorated with small palmettes, however, alien fragments have been introduced. Overpainting that formerly disguised the joins between unrelated fragments has been removed.

Mary McWilliams

Publication History

Mary McWilliams, ed., In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2013), p. 264, cat. 132, ill.

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