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Early Islamic Bowl with Incised Decorations - FZ.138
Origin: Syria
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 9.5" (24.1cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Near Eastern
Style: Ommayad Dynasty
Medium: Metal Alloy


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It is possible that the bronze of this bowl has been mixed with silver or gold, for the underlying sheen is very bright. One of a pair, it is inscribed with patterns derived from that most ancient of motifs, the circle. This geometric decoration--austere yet elegant--is very much in keeping with the artistic traditions of early Islam. Perhaps these splendid bowls served in a wealthy household when the Ommayad dynasty was in its glory. - (FZ.138)

 

 

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