. Bowl with Horseman. 10th century. glazed earthenware. Museum Exchange. 1967.93.
height: 3.5 in, 8.8900 cm; diameter: 8.5 in, 21.5900 cm
Bowl with Horseman
Nishapur, in northeastern Persia, was once a thriving cosmopolitan city on the east-west trade rout between China and the Mediterranean. The brown, green, and yellow underglaze on this bowl probably reflects the popularity of Chinese ceramics of the Tang dynasty (618-907), which have been found there. Though Arab Muslims were ruling the area by 900, their prohibition against using images did not interfere with this potter’s splendid depiction of a mounted horseman on a hunting expedition.
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