Lusterware Bowl

Object: D46
JIAAW, Day Collection

This partial ceramic bowl and the six fragments associated with it are made of relatively thin clay with a green and brown design coated in an iridescent glaze. The center of the bowl features an abstract geometric design with large brown dots and swirls in negative space. The wall of the bowl and the accompanying fragments reveal that the sides are delineated by green and brown colored bands. An epigraphic band marks the upper portion of the bowl’s inside wall, with a swirl pattern that matches the central design in negative space. Here, the word Allah is visible in bubble writing. Though not clearly pictured here, the largest fragment suggests that the exterior of the bowl is glazed with an equally intricate design as the inside.

-Jinette Jimenez ’21, JIAAW Records and Collections Assistant

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