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Egypt; 600 to 800 AD;
Brass, silver, copper and iron
Diam. 55.4 cm

One of the Collection's masterpieces of Islamic art, this bronze dish is particularly notable as it combines motifs of Late Classical and Early Christian art with geometric decorations seen in Umayyad architecture in the first centuries of Islam. Made in Egypt and inlaid with silver, copper and iron, it is a work of exceptional craftsmanship and is thought to be among the first works of art produced for a Muslim court.