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Glass Tile Fragments

Object Name:
9th century
Excavated in Iraq, Samarra
Millefiori glass
23.75.15a: H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) W. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm) D. 3/8 in. (1 cm) Wt. 0.6 oz. (17 g) 23.75.15b: H. 1 in. (2.5 cm) W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm) D. 7/16 in. (1.1 cm) Wt. 0.4 oz. (11.3 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.75.15a, b
Not on view
Glassmakers at Samarra used ingenious techniques to decorate the interiors of the caliph’s palaces. These multicolored fused millefiori glass fragments belonged to larger tiles that were probably used on a wall. They were found in the rubble of Samarra’s Main Caliphal Palace (Dar al-Khilafa) along with opaque black glass tiles and shaped glass inlay pieces.
British Museum, London (until 1923; sold to Robert L. Hobson for MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Herzfeld in Samarra," June 5, 2002–March 6, 2003, no catalogue.

Lamm, Carl Johan. "Forschungen zur Islamischen Kunst." In Das Glas von Samarra. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 1928. no. 310, p. 110.

Clairmont, Christoph. "Some Islamic glass in the Metropolitan Museum." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. pp. 144-145, ill. fig. 6 (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 54, ill. fig. 76 (color).

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