Bowl, Glass, yellowish; blown, applied disk foot, applied rim, blown applied decoration, applied blue decoration

Bowl

Date:
7th–9th century
Geography:
Attributed to Syria
Medium:
Glass, yellowish; blown, applied disk foot, applied rim, blown applied decoration, applied blue decoration
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Diam. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.131
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This glass bowl consists of a shallow, round basin that supports four birds and a vase on its rim. While the basin of the slightly iridescent piece is made of a yellowish, clear glass, the decoration around the rim is blue. The bowl’s imaginative decoration includes several birds which appear as if drinking out of the basin of the bolw. A small vase teeters on the bowl’s edge.
[ Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, until 1964; sold to MMA]
Swietochowski, Marie. "Medieval Islamic Glass." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 23 (February 1965). p. 200, ill. fig. 1 (b/w).