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Bowl

Type
Bowl
Historical period(s)
Mamluk period, 1350s-1400s
Medium
Gilded and enameled glass
Dimension(s)
H x W: 21 x 35 cm (8 1/4 x 13 3/4 in)
Geography
Syria
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1933.13
Label
Monumental in scale and exquisitely decorated, this deep bowl is characteristic of the finest glass production in late-fourteenth-century Syria. Its decorative frieze of fantastic animals—two griffins, two sphinxes, a lion, and three unicorns—is punctuated with the five-petal blazons of the Rasulid rulers of Yemen (1228–1454), identifying them as patrons of this vessel. In addition to its impressive size and sophisticated design, the bowl is remarkable for its enameling on both the exterior and interior surfaces.

To 1933
G. M. Fox, London to 1933 [1]

From 1933
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Eustache de Lorey on behalf of G. M. Fox, London in 1933 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
G. M. Fox
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass, Vessel
Keyword(s)
blown, enamel, gilding, Mamluk period (1250 - 1517), Syria, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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