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Speculum metal vase

Speculum metal is a bronze alloy that usually contains c. one-third tin. Due to its highly reflective surface, it was used for luxury tableware, replacing other precious metals. It has been in use since the late Sassanid period, and became especially popular in the early Islamic period following a Umayyad ban on the use of gold and silver vessels. The geometric decoration imitates the design of th…