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  • Bowl in millefiori technique, Abbasid period (750–1258), 9th century
    Probably Iraq
    Glass, green, opaque yellow, and opaque red mosaic; fused, slumped, ground, and polished, applied foot; H. 2 in. (5.1 cm), Diam. of rim 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 2001 (2001.266)

    The cane slices on this bowl are a variation of the "bull's-eye" motif, here in a complex and sophisticated floral pattern. The high temperature during fusion caused the canes to melt partially and become misshapen, creating a composition in which the green and yellow ran into each other while the central red flower remained clearly defined. This bowl is the largest extant intact example of a mosaic glass vessel.

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  • Bowl in millefiori technique, Abbasid period (750–1258), 9th century
    Probably Iraq
    Glass, green, opaque yellow, and opaque red mosaic; fused, slumped, ground, and polished, applied foot; H. 2 in. (5.1 cm), Diam. of rim 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 2001 (2001.266)

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