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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Mameluk
Creator Dates/Places: Syria or Egypt
Creator Name-CRT: Mamluk
Title: Plate
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Glass, free-blown, tooled, enameled, and gilded
Dimensions: Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Description: The spectacular enameled objects produced by Egyptian and Syrian glassmakers in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods, especially from the mid-thirteenth to the late fourteenth century, are unsurpassed. Flat dishes, such as this fourteenth-century example, were rather uncommon. Its geometric decoration unfolds on two levels, the most immediate represented by the combination of the five tangential circles, drawn in a continuous looping line, that dominate the composition. The second and subtler level is found within the four outer circles, where a complex star pattern was created. The pleasant chromatic contrast of blue, white, and red enamels, and gilding emphasizes the basic elements of both the geometric and the vegetal motifs in this complex design.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 91.1.1533
Credit Line: Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.91.1.1533
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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