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High-Tin Bronze Bowl

Object Name:
Bowl
Date:
12th century
Geography:
present-day Afghanistan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
High-tin bronze; cast, chased, punched, engraved
Dimensions:
7 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (17.9 x 4 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.57
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
High‑tin bronze was an alternative to silver, appreciated for its bright surface, resonant quality, and resistance to bronze disease. This piece belongs to a group of hemispherical footless bowls produced in the Ghaznavid period.
Christie's, London, April 26, 1994, no. 310; [ Momtaz Islamic Art, until 2000; sold to MMA]
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. 84, pp. 128-129, ill. p. 128 (color).



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