Vessel with Pierced Designs

Object Name: Basin

Date: ca. 700

Geography: Attributed to Syria

Medium: Bronze; pierced and chased

Dimensions: H. 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm)
Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art , and Rogers Fund, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.319


Bronze was used extensively in the early Islamic period. Judging from the pierced decoration, this object might have been part of a lamp or an incense burner, its pierced surfaces perfect for allowing light and scented smoke to pass through. The exterior is decorated with a horizontal band with alternating, interlacing roundels containing birds and stylized plants. The bottom also features stylized plant designs arranged radially.