Decorative Element

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

This carved crystal element may have contained perfume. Rock crystal carving, an art requiring great skill and manual dexterity, reached its peak during the Fatimid period, when large quantities of the raw material were imported to Cairo from the East African coast. Fatimid rulers valued objects made of rock crystal and included them in their treasuries. Many fine examples also entered European courts and were used as reliquaries in churches.

Decorative Element, Rock crystal; carved

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