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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 30, 2021

Islamic Glass Medallion With Simurgh And Rider


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

Size: Ø: 6.85 cm | Thickness: 2.5/1.98 cm| Ø Knob backside : 2.0  cm| Weight: 80 g.|

Technique: Almost round, or roughly elliptical, black glass medallion pressed in prominent relief. On the front side a horse-like animal with rider, progressing to the left; on the backside, in eccentric position, a knob or extension to place the roundel in a stucco wall piece, window or glass tile panel*; also four separate symbolic figures are pressed in circular position.

Description:  Islamic glass medallion of medieval times, with Simurgh and Rider formed by means of pressing the glass in a mold. A male rider in tunic and with turban – probably a knight – holds with his left arm a bag over his left shoulder. A musical instrument is also a possibility. The center of his body holds a circular depression to the level of the background. The edge of the roundel on front-side has a white residue, probably plaster, all around. The Simurgh is walking to the left, the head bowed down, with half-open beak, short horn on the forehead, ears pointed backwards, the tail is pointing strongly upwards. The body similar to a horse has legs with hoofs that are split in three.

Condition: In very good condition and in sharp relief; with some remnants of plaster all around the edge, almost no weathering or iridescence. Four vaguely impressed symbols of animals like birds, or Simurgh again, on backside.

Remarks: * Some seventy medallions are known from museum and private collections. They vary in measurement from four to ten centimeters and in a variety of colors from black to yellow green.

Literature: David Whitehouse, Stefano Carboni, Robert Brill and William Gudenrath in:

Glass of  the Sultans, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 2002.

Sassanian and Post-Sassanian Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, 2005.

Provenance: From a private Dutch collection, previously unpublished, said to originate from a British-Palestinian collection in Jerusalem, formed in the late nineteen twenties.

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