High-Tin Bronze Bowl

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 12th century

Geography: Attributed to present-day Afghanistan

Medium: High-tin bronze; cast, chased, punched, engraved

Dimensions: 7 1/16 x 1 9/16 in. (17.9 x 4 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.57

Description

High‑tin bronze was an alternative to silver, appreciated for its bright surface, resonant quality, and resistance to bronze disease. This piece belongs to a group of hemispherical footless bowls produced in the Ghaznavid period.

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