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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (possibly, made)
    Syria (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    900-1000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, colourless with light manganese purple tint, freeblown, with impressed and then pincered decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Wilfred Buckley Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 4, shelf 3

A glass blower made this shallow bowl from transparent glass with a manganese-purple tinge. It has a low foot, and there is pincered decoration in the form of a row of six-petal rosettes just below the rim. Material excavated at Fustat (Old Cairo) often has this style of decoration. We therefore think that this bowl was probably made in Egypt in the 10th century, although it is also possible that it was made in Syria.

Physical description

Dish, light purple freeblown glass, with pincered decoration of seven rosettes

Place of Origin

Egypt (possibly, made)
Syria (possibly, made)


900-1000 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glass, colourless with light manganese purple tint, freeblown, with impressed and then pincered decoration


Height: 3.2 cm, Width: 10.2 cm maximum

Object history note

From the Wilfred Buckley collection.

Descriptive line

Dish, light purple tinted glass, with pincered decoration of rosettes, Egypt, 900-1000

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Carboni, S., Whitehouse, D. Glass of the Sultans. Catalogue of the exhibition "Glass of the Sultans" held at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, May 24th -Sept. 3rd, 2001; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Oct. 2nd, 2001 -Jan. 13th, 2002; The Benaki Museum, Athens, Feb. 20th - May 15th, 2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001. ISBN 0-87099-986-9 (h.c.), 0-87099-987-7 (pbk), 0-300-0851-5 (Yale Univ. Press). Cat. 44, p. 127
Barrucand, M., ed. Trésors fatimides du Caire Exhibition catalogue Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Gand and Paris, 1998, no. 155
Contadini, A. Fatimid Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1998, pl. 42




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