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Overall H: 6 cm; Rim Diam: 15.8 cm
On Display
about 800-899
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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.
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.
Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting
Detroit Institute of Arts
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dining with the Sultan is a pan-Islamic exhibition that will span the eighth through nineteenth centuries (and perhaps beyond) and include some 150 works of art representing a rich variety of media from three continents. We expect this to be a transformative exhibition, one emphasizing our shared humanity rather than our singular histories. It will follow the model of LACMA’s 2011 exhibition Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts. It similarly will introduce an American audience to Islamic art and culture with objects of undisputed quality and appeal, only this time viewed through the universal lens of fine dining. In considering the admittedly very substantial and diffuse theme of feasting at the Islamic courts, preliminary research has led us to cast as wide a net as possible in terms of both the time frame and the concept of “fine dining.” The resources that inform this study so far are two-fold: 1) Rich textual sources, including a broad array of cook books and books of delicacies, texts on etiquette, instructions for princes, royal memoirs, collections of food poetry and parody, dynastic histories, endowment deeds, kitchen accounts, dietetic and medicinal works, travelers’ narratives, and diplomatic reports and communiqués. 2) Works of art that can be identified from their inscriptions or specific shapes as containers and receptacles for food or beverage, or are associated with preparing and serving food, or else those works that are similar to examples described by the written sources, as well as works of art, primarily manuscript illustrations, which depict food preparation and dining. Clearly it is the second category that primarily will provide the visual focus (the flesh, so to speak) of the exhibition, while the first will supply the documentary framework (the bones, as it were) as conveyed through didactic materials and especially the exhibition catalogue. The sheer quantity of primary sources and the large number of relevant first-rate works of art together indicate the importance of food culture at the Islamic courts. The exhibition, which is in preparation for 2023, will require between 6,000-8,000 sf. It will be organized primarily by sub-themes, which will include topics such as coffee culture in the Ottoman era, outdoor feasting or picnicking, and the continuity of Late Antique/Persian royal cuisine and etiquette at the early Islamic courts. At LACMA, the installation will include our 18th-century Damascus Room in order to suggest the types of architectural spaces used for receiving and feasting family and honored guests. On a popular level, the exhibition will stimulate not only the eyes but the appetite, reminding visitors of the commonly shared pleasure of food—both its taste and its presentation; on a scholarly level the exhibition will provide much needed information on the enormous class of luxury objects that may be broadly defined as tableware, while also demonstrating how gustatory discernment was a fundamental activity at the great Islamic courts.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation
Smithsonian International Gallery 2004-11-09 through 2005-04-24
Glass of the Sultans
Benaki Museum
Corning Museum of Glass
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Celebrating David Whitehouse (2013) illustrated, p. 6, right; BIB# AI93999
New Light on Old Glass: Recent Research on Byzantine Mosaics and Glass (2013) illustrated, p. 331, pl. 6; BIB# 136397
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 54-55; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 54-55; BIB# 135965
Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, pp. 4-5; BIB# 109342
Richard La Londe and Friends (2009) illustrated, p. 149, right; BIB# 112312
History and Folklore in a Medieval Jewish Chronicle (2009) illustrated, p. 212 c; BIB# 113008
Favorite Things (2008) illustrated, p. 15; BIB# AI77257
Glass in Art, History, and Science at The Corning Museum of Glass (2003) illustrated, p. 70, no. 12; BIB# AI64198
Islamic Masterworks: 'Glass of the Sultans' at the Met (2001-11) illustrated, fig. 6-7; cover; BIB# AI53342
Glass of the Sultans (2001) illustrated, p. 3; pp. 213-214, #105; BIB# 68105
Glass in the Islamic World (2001) illustrated, [p. 5, top];
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1999 (2000) cover, title p.; BIB# AI95008
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, pp. 11, 13, #4; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 42 (2000) illustrated, Cover, frontispiece; BIB# AI49427