V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Balanced design

This outstanding example of Fatimid rock crystal has paper-thin walls and an elegant shape. The decoration is arranged with great care, so that carved and plain surfaces are in balance. The main motif is a bird of prey attacking a gazelle, probably meant as a symbol of power. Neither this design nor the free-flowing pattern of leafy scrolls show any direct connection with nature. They were copied from other prestigious art forms.

Rock crystal ewer
Egypt, probably Cairo
1000-50
Museum No. 7904-1862