On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Although flat dishes with raised curved rims, such as this example, were uncommon in Mamluk enameled glass, the dense decoration on this plate is typical of the style of enameled glass of fourteenth century Egypt. A geometric grid created through five tangential circles, drawn in a continuous looping line, dominates the composition. Four of the circles include a complex interlacing star-like pattern, and alternate with stylized arabesque-type vegetal patterns. The colorful chromatic contrast of blue, white, and red enamels, as well as gilding emphasizes the graphic quality of this complex design. Such luxurious dishes belonged to the luxurious tableware used by the ruling elite in regions between Egypt and Anatolia.

Plate, Glass; free blown, enameled and gilded; tooled on the pontil

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