This transluscent green bowl has flared curved
walls departing from a slightly kicked, but
otherwise flat, base. The rim is straight, and a lip
is tooled just below. The decoration consists of
an overall pattern of sunken hexagones forming
a honeycomb motif. Such motifs were adopted
by Islamic glassmakers who found
inspiration in Sassanian decorative prototypes.
Since the honeycomb pattern was amongst the
most popular and well-known motifs by the end
of the ninth century, it was adopted by
the metalworkers who prepared the bronze
for the glassmakers.
The honeycomb motif on cut glass
is often cut deeply into the surface of the vessel
to create a dramatic contrast between light and
molded glass, on the other hand, the relief is
sometimes so subtle that the pattern is barely
discernible and easier to see with the aid of the
shadow cast by the vessel.
This bowl exemplifies a well-defined
use of honeycomb patterns. (LK)