Glass Bowl

Object Name: Bowl

Date: late 10th–early 11th century

Geography: Attributed to probably Egypt

Medium: Glass, bluish; blown, stained

Dimensions: H. 4 3/16 in. (10.7 cm)
Max. Diam. 6 in. (15.3 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and Gifts of Richard S. Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Seley, Walter D. Binger, Margaret Mushekian, Mrs. Mildred T. Keally, Hess Foundation, Mehdi Mahboubian and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce J. Westcott, 1974

Accession Number: 1974.74


The shape, size, and decoration of this bowl demonstrate an affinity between luster‑painted glass and ceramic lusterware. The division of the vessel walls into panels and the stylized palmette‑tree motifs frequently appear on luster‑painted bowls made in Fatimid Egypt. The Arabic inscription around the rim, in angular kufic script, has not yet been deciphered.