Marvered glass bowl

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Marvering is a hot-worked glass technique in which decorative trails of molten glass are applied to a vessel by rolling it on a marver - a flat stone or iron surface. A technique developed by the Romans, Marvered glass continued to be used throughout late antiquity for various kinds of objects, from everyday vessels, to cosmetic flasks, and even weights. In the Islamic world, the production of marvered glass appears to have peaked during the 12th and 13th century in Syria and Egypt, from where most of the extant vessels seem to originate.


  • Title

    Marvered glass bowl

  • Associated place

    Egypt (place of creation)
  • Date

    12th - 13th century (1101 - 1300)
  • Material and technique

    glass, free-blown and shaped in a mould, with marvered decoration in white

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.5 cm (height)
    15.1 cm (diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum, 1975.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 31 | Islamic Middle East
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Newby, Martine S., Glass of Four Millennia, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 29 on p. 38, illus. p. 39 fig. 29

Carboni, Stefano, Glass from Islamic Lands (London: Thames & Hudson, 2001), no. 82a-c on p. 309, pp. 291, 293, & 309, illus. p. 308 fig. 82a-c

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