Shallow Bowl

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Glass; mold blown
H x W x D: 5.7 x 21.2 cm (2 1/4 x 8 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Glass, Vessel


Iran, mold blown, Roman Period (30 BCE - 395 CE), Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651)
Provenance research underway.

This bowl belongs to a type of shallow glass vessel produced in Mesopotamia and Iran in the sixth and seventh centuries, the later part of the Sasanian period (ca. 224-651). The thick walls of this group of bowls suggest that they were made by blowing hot glass into open molds, followed by fire-polishing of the rims and cold-working to create the faceted exterior walls.  This Sasanian tradition of cut glass was highly prized in the Sasanian Empire and among its eastern neighbors.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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