Amazing Rock Crystal Ewer at V&A Jameel Gallery
This rare ewer was carved from a single piece of the extremely hard, transparent stone known as rock crystal. On either side a bird of prey attacks an antelope. The image may have symbolised the ruler's ability to overcome his enemies. Such high-quality rock crystal vessels were made for the rulers of Cairo during the Fatimid period (969-1171).
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Materials and Techniques: Quartz Crystal/Carved
Brief Description: Rock Crystal ewer with carved decoration, Egypt (probably Cario), 1000-50
Object History: Originally thought to be a Byzantine object