Silk Road Collection

Bowl with cut decoration

  • Iran
  • 5th-7th century AD
  • Sasanid Persia
  • glass
  • H9.0cm φ10.6cm

This is a light brown, transparent glass bowl. Made of thick, blown glass, the surface was faceted using a grinder. The six-tiered circle pattern is very deep and sharp. This is the same kind of bowl as the “white lapis lazuli bowl” stored at the Shosoin Repository of Todaiji Temple in Nara, and like the “white lapis lazuli bowl,” it has not been affected by weathering. It has never been buried in the ground, but handed down from person to person, thus retaining the same appearance it had when it was first made.