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Bowls with Caligraphic Decoration from 10th century Iran @LACMA

Bowl, Greater Iran, Nishapur or Samarquand, 10th century, LACMA

Bowl, with Epigraphic Decoration, Greater Iran, Nishapur or Samarquand, 10th century, LACMA

Bowl with Epigraphic and Vegetale Decoration, 10th century, Greater Iran, Nishapur or Samarquand, LACMA (link)

These three bowls are on display at LACMA attesting to the beauty of Islamic Art. They are truly gorgeous in their simple elegance, (the one in the middle is my favorite).  I only wish we had some kind of an idea as to what was written on them. In this context we can only appreciate them as beautiful objects coming from 10th century Iran. I can’t help but wonder what they were used for and what significance they had on the people who encountered them in their daily lives, what does the choice of calligraphy instead of organic or geometric forms in their decoration mean?

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