Bowl with Kufic inscription

Bowl with Kufic inscription

Bowl with Kufic inscription
Eastern Iran or Uzbekistan
900–1000
Museum no. C.909-1935

This small bowl is decorated with a simple inscription in the more rectilinear Kufic style. It reads 'Blessing and ease to its owner'. Good wishes for the health or good fortune of an object's owner were one of the most common types of inscription in Islamic art. Here the lettering has been elongated horizontally, so that the short inscription fills the whole space. This creates an elegant and decorative effect.