Name of Object:

Glass dish


Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums

About Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th–6th century/ AD 10th–12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

BC 13.161

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Moulded glass.


Diameter 17 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Fustat, Egypt.


A dish of green-tinted moulded glass, with the pattern impressed on the outside surface of the dish's base. The inside surface is plain and smooth. The design of the impression consists of a central star with seven corners, surrounded by seven roundels, each of which contains an arrangement of circles. The star is also filled with an arrangement of small circles. Mould-blown glassware was made primarily for everyday use. The green colour of the transparent dish is achieved by mixing iron oxides with the original frit mixture, from which glass is made.

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Mould-blown glassware was made primarily for everyday use. This shallow dish is plain on the inside but impressed with a pattern on the outside. Many glassmakers from different parts of the Islamic Middle East flocked to work in Fustat’s glass-making industry, which had flourished since pre-Islamic times.

How date and origin were established:

Artistic analysis: the style and manufacturing techniques used to make this dish resemble similar examples of Fatimid glass wares, especially some of those found in the Aegean Sea shipwreck at Serçe Limanı, off the south-west coast of Turkey, which has been dated to AH 415 / AD 1025.

How Object was obtained:

Part of the collection given to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944.

Selected bibliography:

Jenkins, M., Islamic Glass, A Brief History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986.

Citation of this web page:

Noorah Al-Gailani "Glass dish" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;uk;Mus04;1;en

Prepared by: Noorah Al-GailaniNoorah Al-Gailani

Noorah Al-Gailani is Curator for Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums, Scotland. With a BA in Interior Design from the College of Fine Arts, Baghdad University and three years' experience in design and folk art preservation, she moved to the UK in 1992. On completing her MA in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1994, she worked as Project Officer at the Grange Museum of Community History documenting the presence of Muslim communities in the London Borough of Brent. In 1995 she was Assistant Curator, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, English Heritage, and in 1996 became Curator for John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism in London. She co-authored The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations (Stroud: Hawthorn Press, 2002) for non-Muslim children. Since 2003 she has been based at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, working across the city's museums to interpret Islamic art and culture, ancient and modern, through research, exhibitions and educational activities.

Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: UK4 06


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