Rock crystal pieces

This is a rock crystal lion, made in the 11th century in Fatimid Egypt. The length is 6.03 cm and the height is 4.45 cm. It also has a hollowed out core, meaning that perfume or cosmetics was probably stored in it. The lion represents the ruling Fatimid family, so this piece was likely used by them. It is currently in the British Museum.
This rock crystal ewer is in the Louvre. Made in the 10th century, it was part of the Treasure of the Abbey of St. Denis. This ewer is carved with the Tree of Life, with a kufic inscription around the rim of the spout saying “Blessings and satisfaction to its possessor”. The height is 24 cm and diameter 13.5 cm. The escutcheon lid was made in Italy in the 11th century out of filigree gold.Images from Wikipedia.
Bibliography
Ewer of Saint-Denis on Qantara.
Two Rock-Crystal Carvings of the Fatimid Period by A. H. Christie. JStor article.
“Haft Qalam Ārāyish”: Cosmetics in the Iranian World by Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian. JStor article.
Some Crystals of the Fatimid Period by M. H. Longhurst. JStor article.
Some Rock Crystals of the Islamic Period by R. H. Pinder-Wilson. JStor article.
Fountains of Light: The Meaning of Medieval Islamic Rock Crystal Lamps by Avinoam Shalem. JStor article.

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2 comments on “Rock crystal pieces

  1. Tig says:

    The lid of the ewer also has extensive granulation which is an extremely difficult thing to do. The process of adhering the small granules is known as eutectic soldering. Wish we could see the chain a little more clearly as I’m searching for images of trichonopoly but it appears to be a 2 in 2 link style.

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