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Bowl with wheel-cut facets

Period:
Sasanian
Date:
ca. 6th–7th century A.D.
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Sasanian
Medium:
Glass; yellow-green
Dimensions:
H. 7.9 cm
Classification:
Glass-Vessels
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.34
  • Description

    This hemispherical bowl may have been made by blowing molten glass into an open mold (though possibly it was free-blown); subsequently, four rows of oblong-to-round facets were wheel-cut and polished. The thick glass, originally pale green, has lost much of its surface color and gained extensive iridescence through weathering.

    Faceted bowls such as this one are characterized by uniformity of shape, size, and arrangement of the facets in four or five rows. They represent the most widespread type of late Sasanian glass vessel, found in excavations of Mesopotamian and Iranian sites dating from the fifth to seventh century A.D. Some examples—probably carried along the Silk Road to the Far East by Persian merchants and traveling embassies—have been found in Japanese contexts, namely in the sixth-century tomb of the emperor Ankan and in the Shoso-in Treasure at Nara, which was assembled by the emperor Shomu in the eighth century.

  • Provenance

    Acquired by the Museum in 1959, purchased from K. H. Broumand, New York.

  • References

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1959. "Additions to the Collections: Near Eastern Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 18 (2), Eighty-Ninth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1958-1959 (Oct., 1959), p. 62.

    Corning Museum of Glass. 1960. "Recent Important Acquisitions made by public and private collections." Journal of Glass Studies 2, no. 8, pp. 138-139.

    Lukens, Marie G. 1965. "Medieval Islamic Glass." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 23 (6), pp. 202-203, fig 8.

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