Art/ Collection/ Art Object


18th century
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Stained glass, gypsum
Window without wood frame: H. 19 in. (48.3 cm) W. 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm) D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) Window with wood frame: H. 23 in. (58.4 cm) W. 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm) D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of William R. Ware, 1893
Accession Number:
Not on view
A window such as this with brightly colored panes in blue, orange, green, and red might have been found in a room of a late Ottoman aristocratic home, like the Damascus reception room also in the Museum's collection (1970.70) Tinted glass was favored because it filtered the light, but it also complemented the multihued furnishings of these rooms.
Art market, Cairo (until 1890); William R. Ware, New York (1890–93; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). Title page; back cover, ill. (color).

Barry, Mike, and Stuart Cary Welch. "et l'Enigme de Behzad de Herat (1465–1535)." In L'Art Figuratif en Islam Medieval. Paris: Flammarion, 2004. pp. 217- 218, ill. p. 218 (color).

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