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Glass Bowl in Millefiori Technique

Object Name:
9th century
Probably Iraq
Glass, green, opaque yellow, and opaque red mosaic; fused, slumped, ground, and polished, applied foot
H. 2 in. (5.1 cm) Diam. of rim: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
The millefiori technique was rediscovered in the eighth or ninth century in Mesopotamia and was probably used in the production of objects for the ‘Abbasid caliphs in Baghdad or Samarra. A number of surviving bowls and tiles suggest that it was used both for domestic furnishings and interior decoration. Examples such as these show the sophistication and range of Abbasid glassmakers.
[ Mansour Gallery, London, until 2001; sold to MMA]
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 59 (2000-2001). pp. 14-15, ill. (color).

Journal of Glass Studies 44 (2002). p. 217, ill. (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 15, p. 38, ill. p. 38 (color).

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