Fig. 135 Rock Crystal ewer made for the Fatimid caliph al-Aziz. 975-976. Rock Crystal. One of the few surviving Fatimid court objects, carved from a single piece of rock crystal. al-Aziz ruled Egypt from 975 to 996. The crystal was imported from Afria and was velieved to prevent nightmares. Many of these precious artifacts were later melted down and sold for their metals. Treasury of St. Mark's, Venice. pg 253.
11th Century Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewer. -- The pitcher was hand-carved from a single block of flawless rock crystal, by artisans during the Islamic Fatimid (909-1171) period. Great skill was required to carve the delicate decoration. The Treasure of Caliph Mostansir-Billah at Cairo, which was destroyed in 1062, contained 1800 rock crystal vessels, today only 7 are known to survive & are considered the rarest of all Islamic art objects. #rock_crystal #quartz #Islamic_art #ewer