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Find this object in the Introductory Gallery on Floor 2

This bowl was made in Basra, in today's Iraq, a leading centre of fine pottery during the time of the Abbasid Caliphate (750-1258 CE). The Abbasid caliphs ruled much of North Africa, the Middle East and Greater Persia from their capital city Baghdad. Elegant Kufic scripts, like the lettering that decorates this bowl, were the earliest modes of Arabic calligraphy and used throughout Abbasid territories. The inscription on the bowl reads 'what was done is worthwhile'.

PO.31.1999, Earthenware Abbasid Iraq (Basra), 9th century CE

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