Vessel Fragment with Fish Motif

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Vessel fragment with fish motif 13th–14th centuries, Egypt Enamel-painted glass Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 1970.3.654

Vessel fragment with fish motif

Aquatic motifs can be found on vessels made in various media. Here, an enamel-painted fish appears to swim above a band of inscriptions on a blue background. It is located on the upper rim of what likely would have been a beaker or drinking cup. The metallic sheen would have reflected light, further enhancing the motif's resemblance to a living sea creature. The mottled glass also resembles a natural pool of opalescent water.

Bibliography: Carboni 2001, 350; Carboni and Whitehouse 2001, 199–209; Jenkins 1986, 38–47; and Baer 1998, 104–105; 1968.

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