Medieval Islamic Glass Bangle
Item Number: CA-12-218
CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Islamic, Syria-Palestine.
DATE: 13th – 15th Century CE.
PROVENANCE: Ex collection of a London private gentleman, acquired on
the UK art market in the 1990s. DIMENSIONS: 6.60 cm. (2.6 in.) maximum diameter.
DESCRIPTION: Intact. A smaller and more delicate example of a glass
bracelet or bangle of the mid-Islamic period, with obliquely pointed
cross section more of less flattened on the bottom. The outer sides
and upper surface are decorated with intertwined trails of brick red,
range-brown, bright yellow, light green and white against a base of
very dark blue glass, appearing black. The surfaces are very well
preserved with only the most minimal weathering and very strongly
preserved colors. A superbexample.
COMPARISONS: Maud Spaer, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, Beads
and Other Small Objects, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2001, number
471 for a very similar example (also illustrated in color on Plate
35). Also, Figure 85 for a group of similar examples of the 14th-15th
Century from the Islamic cemetery at Tel Dan. This is typical of Islamic
glass of the 13th-15th Century offered on the market by poorly informed
dealers as Roman