12th-13th century CE
Materials and technique
Ceramic; fritware, with moulded decoration and blue and purple under a transparent glaze
Ø 18.8 cm
This object belongs to a distinct group of ceramics known as “Bamiyan” wares. Its ceramic make-up is characterised by a particularly fragile frit fabric that results in several cracks during firing, and the decoration includes moulded linear designs and inscriptions in low relief under a transparent coloured or colourless glaze, sometimes with the addition of coloured accents (Watson 2004, p. 327). This bowl contains geometric central designs, exhibiting a woven pattern in the form of a medallion. Splashes of cobalt blue and manganese have been applied at regular intervals around the rim to provide pleasing accents to the moulded white background. A row of abstract leaf motifs spans most of the wall underneath vegetal frieze.
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