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Name of Object:

Glass bowl in Millefiori technique


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 2nd–3rd century / AD 9th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Glass, green, opaque yellow, and opaque red mosaic; fused, slumped, ground, and polished, applied foot

Period / Dynasty



Probably Iraq


The millefiori technique was rediscovered in the eighth or ninth century in Mesopotamia and was probably used in the production of objects for the Abbasid caliphs in Baghdad and Samarra. A number of surviving bowls and tiles suggest that the technique was used in both domestic furnishings and interior decoration. Examples such as this one demonstrate the sophistication and range of Abbasid glassmakers.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 2001

Citation of this web page:

 "Glass bowl in Millefiori technique" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;46;en

MWNF Working Number: US3 46


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Glass Mosaics


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