?STEMMED BOWL WITH COVER
12TH – 13TH CENTURY
HEIGHT: ????CM TOP DIAMETER:????CM
hammered and raised bronze or copper sheet
The globular body rests on a splayed foot, the
is short and vertical and terminates in a rolled
the domical lid has a large knob finial. The neck
carries and epigraphic band written in Kufic style
over scrollwork, below it a narrow leafy scroll
surrounds the neck’s base. The lid is alternately
decorated by short vertical panels with concave
endings and almond- shaped large medallions.
panels depict running animals over a scroll
the medallions are decorated by blossoming
The entire vessel is covered with green corrosion.
Comparative material: the best known lidded
the British Museum’s richly decorated with silver
inlaid Vaso Vescovali, which is attributed to
Khorasan and date to c. 1200. Cf. Rachel Ward,
op.cit., figs.10 and 57. Another, richly decorated
lidded bowl is in the Museum of Geneva, cf.
1985, cat.no.270, p.263.
Prof. Geoffrey King