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


Metal objects produced during Ghaznavid rule in what is now Afghanistan often contain a high percentage of tin, hence their definition as "high-tin bronzes." Although this type of bronze is difficult to manipulate due to its hardness, it was favored because of its likeness to silver. The design on this bowl, with its bold central six-pointed star and pseudo-vegetal elements all around, is especially successful and refined.