“The Magnificent Seven” – The Great Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers Carved for the Fatimid Imams

Simerg’s latest post is dedicated to Fatimid ewers. First, Aliza Moledina introduces the art of Fatimid rock crystals followed by a link to an extraordinary video presentation by Jeremy Johns, who with his colleague has used the traditional techniques of stylistic analysis and has returned to the written sources for the production and life histories of the Fatimid ewers. The re-examination of all of the surviving rock crystal ewers — the “Magnificent Seven”— carved for the Fatimid caliphs of Cairo in about the year 1000 was inspired by a rediscovery of a spectacular medieval Islamic rock crystal ewer in 2008, the same year that the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building inspired by the rock crystal was opened by Canada’s Prime Minister Harper in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan.

"The Mgnificent Seven" - The Great Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers Carved for the Fatimid Imams

via Professor Jeremy Johns of Oxford on “The Magnificent Seven”: The Great Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers Carved for the Fatimid Imams

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