Glass Bowl in Millefiori Technique

Object Name: Bowl

Date: 9th century

Geography: Probably Iraq

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Glass, green, opaque yellow, and opaque red mosaic; fused, slumped, ground, and polished, applied foot

Dimensions: H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Diam. of rim: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 2001

Accession Number: 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.