Although the Samanids often looked to their imperial past for inspiration, it is unlikely that this bowl was produced for a royal patron.
In 900 they were granted the governorship of Khurasan by the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad.
The most important contribution of Samanid potters was the invention and perfection of slip-painted ware.
Clarity of design is achieved through the use of a white engobe (a thin wash of slip, or fluid clay, and pigment used as a ground) to cover the red earthenware, on which the inscription is painted in brownish pigment mixed with slip.
New York; Boston: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993.
Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.