Unknown maker (possibly from Damascus, Syria)

Artist/Creator

Unknown maker (possibly from Damascus, Syria)

Title

Fear Bowl (Zodiac motif)

Date

n.d.

Medium

metal

Height

1 13/16" (exterior)
1 1/2" (interior)
3/4" (cone height)

Width

6 1/4" (diam. widest)
1 1/2" (cone base, widest)

Classification

Decorative Arts

Credit Line

Gift of Carl George, Professor Emeritus of Biology

Object Number

2018.7.2

On View

Yes; Schaffer Library, 3rd Floor.

Alternative text

Metal bowl with rim and raised central portion, also known as an omphalos. An engraved design covers both interior and exterior surfaces of the bowl. There are eleven vignettes depicting the signs of the zodiac around the exterior surface (imagery includes animals, amphibians, humans, scorpion, 2-headed human). The nterior surface is nearly blackened but covered in what appears to be a script similar to Arabic.

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