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English: Rock Crystal Ewer

Egypt, probably Cairo
1000-50
Carved rock crystal

This rock crystal ewer is one of a series that survives in collections across Europe. They are often in cathedral treasuries, where they were rededicated after being captured from their original Islamic settings. Such high-quality rock crystal vessels were made for the rulers of Cairo during the Fatimid period (969-1171). This is confirmed by inscriptions on several of them which name specific rulers. Great skill was required to hollow out the raw rock crystal without breaking it and to carve the delicate, often very shallow, decoration. These vessels were therefore probably prestigious items which the ruler would have displayed in his own treasury of prized possessions.

Collection ID: 7904-1862

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by Jenny O'Donnell.

Date Photographed in February 2010(2010-02)
Source Originally uploaded at http://www.britainloveswikipedia.org/
Author Jenny O'Donnell

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