20 mars 2009

A rare Nishapur slip-painted bowl, Central Asia, 8th/9th century

A rare Nishapur slip-painted bowl, Central Asia, 8th/9th century of shallow rounded form with everted rim on a short foot, painted in ochre slip on cream slip ground, outlines in brown, with central palmette and instrument motifs, the cavetto with kufic inscription, the reverse with four rings and a splashed decorative pattern throughout. 21.7cm. diam. Estimate 20,000—30,000 GBP NOTE: inscriptionsal-'ilm ashraf al-a[hsab wa al-muru]wa ashbak [al-ansab]'Knowledge is the most noble of [all] values and chivalry the most... [Lire la suite]