Glass Bowl in Millefiori Technique

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 9th century

Geography: Made in Probably Iraq

Medium: Glass, green, opaque yellow, and opaque red mosaic; fused, slumped, ground, and polished, applied foot

Dimensions: H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Diam. of rim: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.266


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.