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Small Bowl

Object Name:
9th century
Probably made in Iraq, probably Samarra
Glass, blue and opaque white mosaic; fused and slumped, probably ground and polished, applied disk foot
H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) Gr. W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) L. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1990
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. The small size of this bowl suggests that this shallow object was meant to be embossed in a plaster wall.
[ Gawain McKinley, London, until 1990; sold to MMA]
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