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Bowl with Kufic Calligraphy

1100s
3 15/16 x 8 3/16 in. (10 x 20.8 cm)

Unknown, Persian
Persian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Ceramic, lustreware
Credit Line: From the collection of the Buffalo Museum of Science, C15520
Accession Number: 33.2009L
Location: Currently on view
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Kufic refers to the earliest extant, or still existing, Arabic calligraphic script used by Muslims to record the Qur’an, beginning in the 700s CE. The name of this angular script, which was developed for religious and legal purposes, stems from its development in Kufah, an Islamic city founded in Mesopotamia in 638 CE.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

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