So-Called Crusader's Bowl
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.143
People
Unknown Artist
Title
So-Called Crusader's Bowl
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
11th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Culture
Egyptian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Metal
Dimensions
15.75 cm (6 3/16 in.)
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Foundation in memory of Hagop Kevorkian
Accession Year
1975
Object Number
1975.41.143
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions

Label Text: Beyond the Surface: Scientific Approaches to Islamic Metalwork, written 2011
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Bowl
Egypt, Fatimid dynasty, 11th century
Quaternary copper alloy, lathe-turned, incised, chiseled, punched, inlaid with a black organic substance
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Hagop Kevorkian Foundation in memory of Hagop Kevorkian, 1975.41.143

This bowl was cast in one piece and then fixed to a lathe for turning and incising. On the outside, a punch was used to overlay the turned lines with chevron marks. A textured punch with a unit of rings created additional decoration (figure H). Grooves cut with a chisel and filled with black inlay delineate cross motifs that suggest a Christian context.

Exhibition History

Beyond the Surface: Scientific Approaches to Islamic Metalwork, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/21/2011 - 06/01/2013

Verification Level

2 - Adequate. Object is adequately described but information may not be vetted