Contributions of the Arab World

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Kufic BowlKufic Bowl

Made in the 10th century, this 7.5-inch earthenware bowl is decorated in white slip (a glaze of clay, water and light-colored minerals) to imitate Chinese ceramics that were much admired by Middle Eastern potters. It is on loan from Dr. Elsie Peck, curator of Middle Eastern Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Kufic script is assumed to be the oldest calligraphic form of Arabic script. It was used to write the first copies of the Qur’an.



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