Hegira 10th-11th century / AD 16th-17th century
Diameter 18 cm
This bowl has a central high boss and gadrooned sides. Vessels of this shape, harking back to antique libation bowls, were used in the Islamic world in the hammam or as magic bowls. The magic healing properties of this particular bowl are betrayed by the undeciphered symbols on the rim. Qur’anic verses ornament the frieze under the rim and the sides of the boss, while on its flattened top is inscribed, within a six-pointed star, the name of Allah.
"Bowl " in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;gr;Mus21;24;en&id=amulets_and_talismans
MWNF Working Number: GR 24