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Overall H: 6 cm; Rim Diam: 15.8 cm
On Display
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Gift of Lyuba and Ernesto Wolf
Web Description: 
In the ninth and 10th centuries, Islamic glassmakers introduced new shapes, colors, and decorative patterns. This is among the most extraordinary stained glass objects that have survived from the Islamic period. The decoration focuses on a small, plump bird, perhaps a partridge or pigeon, surrounded by five fish. The entire surface of the bowl appears to have been coated with a copper-rich purple-red film before the decoration was drawn. The surface has a pale brown cast under reflected light, but the almost colorless glass, the coating, and the colorful stain come to life under transmitted light. The blue effect was not part of the design. Instead, it is due to weathering.
Wolf, Ernesto, Source
Wolf, Lyuba, Source
Primary Description: 
Bluish colorless glass with golden yellow luster or stain, purplish blue-red and orange stains; blown and tooled. The glass is thin with few bubbles. The bowl is deep, with flaring sides and a slightly raised center. Small pontil mark on base. Decorated with a bird in the center and 5 fish and flowers on the interior side walls, all done in different colored luster stains.
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